Korolenko, Vladimir Galaktionovich (vlədyēˈmĭr gələktyôˈnəvĭch kərəlyĕnˈkə) [key], 1853–1921, Russian short-story writer and publicist. A member of a Populist circle, he was arrested in 1879 and exiled to Siberia until 1885. There he wrote many of his lyrical tales, notable for their descriptions of desolate nature. His most famous story, "Makar's Dream" (1885, tr. 1892), describes a dying peasant's dream of heaven. After 1895, Korolenko devoted himself to liberal journalism. Greatly honored in Russia, he welcomed the revolution but later opposed the Bolshevik regime.
See his autobiography, ed. by N. Parsons (1972).
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