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Nikolai Tikhonov (1896-1979) was born to petty tradesmen descended from serfs. Trained as a clerk, he volunteered for the army at the outbreak of WWI and served in the hussars, then served in the Red Army from 1918 to 1922. Devoting himself almost exclusively to writing and travel after 1922, Tikhonov became a founding member of the Serapion Brothers literary group, and was chair of the Union of Writers from 1944-46, a position from which he was dismissed by Stalin for being too tolerant of Zoshchenko and Akhmatova. He nonetheless remained influential in literary circles until his death.