Kuprin was educated in military schools and served as an officer in the Russian army for a number of years before turning his skills to writing. His first success, Poyedinok, came in 1905 (translated as The Duel in 1916). His best known work, Yama (1909), was controversial at the time because of its expose of prostitution in Odessa. Kuprin left Russia for Paris during the 1917 Revolution and returned to a warm welcome in 1937. Kuprin was known to be one of Tolstoy's favorite authors.
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Yama (The Pit)
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