Nikolai Pavlovich studied at Voronezh gymnasium (until 1918).
Nikolai Pavlovich worked in statistical agencies and served in the headquarters of the 8th and 2nd special armies. In 1921-1922, he worked as an employee of the editorial office of the newspaper Voronezh commune (he used the pseudonyms Zharky, Lev Stalsky, and others), a secretary of the editorial staff of the journal Appeal, a first edition of the weekly Komsomolets (since December 1922).
Since September 1923, Nikolai Pavlovich lived in Rostov-on-Don, where he edited the journal Spark and participated in the creation of the local Association of proletarian writers. Later, he edited the Moscow Journal of the Peasant Youth" and other periodicals.
Nikolai Pavlovich was unreasonably repressed in 1937 and spent many years in the correctional labor camps and in exile. He was head of the Prose Department in the journal Foreign literature (1956-1959).