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Korney I. Chukovsky [Nikolai V. Korneichukov] (31 March NS 1882 – 28 October 1969) was one of the most popular children's poets in the Russian language. His catchy rhythms, inventive rhymes and absurd characters have invited comparisons with the American children's author Dr. Seuss. Chukovsky's poems Tarakanishche ("The Monster Cockroach"), Krokodil ("The Crocodile"), Telefon ("The Telephone") and Moydodyr ("Wash-'em-Clean") have been favourites with many generations of Russophone children. Lines from his poems, in particular Telefon, have become universal catch-phrases in the Russian media and everyday conversation. He adapted the Doctor Dolittle stories into a book-length Russian poem as Doktor Aybolit ("Dr. Ow-It-Hurts"), and translated a substantial portion of the Mother Goose canon into Russian as Angliyskiye Narodnyye Pesenki ("English Folk Rhymes"). He was also an influential literary critic and essayist.
March 31, 1882, St Petersburg, Russian Empire
October 28, 1969
1938 Doctor AybolitBook 1939 Wash-’em-CleanStory 1946 A Peacock's TailWriter 1954 Wash-'em-CleanNovel 1960 The Boldly Buzzing FlyNovel 1963 The Monster CockroachNovel 1966 Aybolit-66Novel 1973 Aibolit And BarmaleyPoem 1973 Fedora's sorrowNovel 1976 Муха-цокотухаWriter 1978 Краденое солнцеNovel 1983 От двух до пятиStory and читает текст 1984 Doctor AybolitNovel 1984 Ваня и крокодилWriter 1985 Чудо-деревоPoemLimited to the 15 most popular items