Aleksandre Sergeevich Pushkin is considered the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. His style of storytelling uses local speech while combining romance, satire and drama. Pushkin was an outspoken man and because of this he made many enemies. Stories were spread abroad about him. Because of these rumors, Puskin ended up in a duel with his brother-in-law where he was mortally wounded. The Daughter of the Commandant was published in 1836. In this tale his father sends Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov to the army. When he arrives at his station he dines with the Commandant's family and falls in love with the commandant's daughter. Masha. Pyotr becomes involved with a Cossack revolution and is eventually sentenced to death for treason. His life is spared when the Commandants daughter petitions the Empress for his freedom.