Verbytsky, Mykola

Verbytsky, Mykola [Вербицький, Микола; Verbyc'kyj; pseudonyms: Mykolaichyk Bilokopyty, M. Antiokhov, Chernihovets Ya., Tsybulka), b 13 February 1843 in Chernihiv, d 10 December 1909 in Chernihiv. Writer, publicist, and teacher. He studied at Kyiv University (1859–60, 1861–4) and Saint Petersburg University (1860–1). In 1863 he took part in an underground satirical journal, Pomyinytsia. He then taught in gymnasiums in Poltava (1864–5) and Chernihiv (1865–74). While in Chernihiv he was active in the Hromada of Kyiv, edited the Chernihiv zemstvo miscellany, was a town councilor, and published feuilletons in Kievskii telegraf, Nedelia, and the local press. His first few Ukrainian poems, written in the style of Taras Shevchenko, and a story appeared in 1862 in Osnova (Saint Petersburg) and Chernigovskii listok. From 1904 he published a few poems in Literaturno-naukovyi vistnyk and Ukrainian literary almanacs and miscellanies.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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