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Despite the unvarying success of his dramas on the stage, Ostrovsky for a long time derived little financial benefit from them.Discouragement and overwork wrecked his health, and were undoubtedly responsible for the gloomy tone of a series of plays written in the years following 1860, of which “Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All” (1863) is a typical example.Here the dramatist sketches a tragic incident arising from the conflict of two social classes, the petty tradesmen and the nobility.From the coarse environment of the first emerge honest, upright natures like Krasnov; from the superficial, dawdling culture of the second come weak-willed triflers like Babayev.The sordid plot sweeps on to its inevitable conclusion with true tragic force.Alexander Ostrovsky (1823-1886) was an early Russian Realist whose work led to the founding of the Moscow Arts Theatre and to the career of Stanislavsky.He has been acknowledged to be the greatest of the Russian dramatists.
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