Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

In addition to his masterpiece The Mischief of Being Clever and a few early comedies and dramatic fragments of which he was sole or, more often, partial author, Alexander Griboyedov wrote a few lyrics, including a translation of Psalm 151, some epigrams, and a short poem addressed to the Decembrist poet Alexander Ivanovich Odoevsky. Although Griboyedov’s first comedies and poems showed promise, a number of them are incomplete or appear as parts of works written jointly with other Russian playwrights. It was only with The Mischief of Being Clever, his sole significant work, that he achieved the status of a major writer.