The only novel Pushkin ever wrote, ”The Captain’s Daughter” is a story written in the same vein as Walter Scott’s historical romances. Though his attempts at prose were not that warmly welcomed by the Russian audience as his poetic endeavours, the novel is a masterful and successful experiment with literary conventions and genres. A novel as real as life and portraying the consciousness of Russians at the time, ”The Captain’s Daughter” is a romance of oppositions, revolutions, social criticism, and political turmoil, making it a milestone and major influence in Russian literature.
Deservedly labelled ”the best Russian poet”, Pushkin’s short life did not prevent him from ushering Russian literature into its modern era. A master of the vernacular language and multifarious and vivid writing style, Pushkin’s oeuvre was of great influence to a whole legion of Russian writers and literary styles. Among his best-known works are the narrative poems ”Ruslan and Ludmila” and ”Eugene Onegin”, the drama ”Boris Godunov”, several novels, short stories, and fairy tales.