"The Boarding-School Girl" is the story of fifteen-year-old Lolenka, who encounters an exiled radical named Veretitsyn and soon after begins to question her education at a private girls' school. Under Veretitsyn's influence, Lolenka breaks with provincial tradition-failing her examinations and flouting an arranged marriage-and embarks upon a new life. When the novel rediscovers her eight years later in Petersburg, she is working as a translator and an artist, selling her own reproductions of famous paintings. A chance meeting with Veretitsyn at the Hermitage leads to a sobering reappraisal of her mentor's convictions.
First published in 1861, "The Boarding-School Girl" displays the spirit, candor, and invention that brought its author popular and critical acclaim. In this rare story of a woman's coming-of-age, wise analysis and attention to psychological detail provide an intriguing glimpse of Russian life in the nineteenth century.