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Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841) grew up in the kinship care of his grandmother.
Lermontov's mother died when he was only 3. His maternal grandmother, Yelizaveta Arsenyeva, came to an agreement with the boy's father that Mikhail live with her until he was 16. He saw little of his father while living with his grandmother who provided well for her (often ill) grandson.
Mikhail Lermontov began writing poetry while at Moscow University.
Lermontov was only 26 years of age when he died. At the time he'd had published only one collection of poetry but 3 volumes were published posthumously.
The town of Lermontov is named after him.
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