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Konstantin SIMONOV

poet , prose writer , Russ , and playwright

Konstantin SIMONOV, Russ, poet, prose writer, and playwright. Board, USSR Union of Writers, since 1959. Stalin Prizes, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950; orders; medals. Member, Communist Party, since 1942.

Background

SIMONOV, Konstantin was born in 1915 in Petrograd.

Education

Studied at Workers’ Evening Lit. University, Moscow; 1938 graduated Gorky Lit. Institute, Moscow.

Career

Since 1949 member, Soviet Committee the Defense of Peace. Deputy, USSR Supreme Soviet of 1946 and 1950 convocation. Deputy, Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic Supreme Soviet of 1955 convocation.

1952-1956 candidate member of the Central Committee, Communist Party of the Soviet Union. 1956-1961 member, Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Auditing Commission. Sharply criticized for: poem “Neskolko dney” (A Few Days), which appeared during the literature “thaw”, story “Panteleev”, novel “Zhivye i mertvye” (The Quick and the Dead), and others.

1957 removed from edition post on journal “Novy mir” for publishing Dudintsev’s novel “Ne khlebom edinym” (Not By Bread Alone) and other works. Was not present at 1958 Constituent Congress Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Writers. 1932-1933 lathe operator in workshops of Moscow film studios.

1934-1941 literature activity. 1941-1945 war correspondent for newspaper “Krasnaya zvezda”. 1954-1957 Chief Editor, journal “Novy mir”.

Politics

Member, Communist Party, since 1942.

Membership

Member, Communist Party, since 1942.