Ivan Andreyevich Krylov (1769-1844)
v His father, a military officer, died when Ivan was ten, leaving his family destitute (without money).
v Ivan and his mother moved to
, where Ivan
got a job and started writing plays. His mother died in 1788, when Ivan was
nineteen. St. Petersburg
v Ivan soon gained a reputation, making friends with princes, and staying in their large houses.
v In 1809 Ivan published his first book of fables, which was so popular that he stopped writing plays.
v Ivan wrote over 200 fables, and won many awards.