Alexander Alexandrovich Bestuzhev (pseudonym Marlinsky) was a military
officer, popular writer, literary critic and poet. However, after participation
in the Decembrist Revolt of 1825, his life dramatically changed. Bestuzhev was
stripped of his noble status and exiled first to Siberia and then to the
Caucasus. His prose and poetry were not published and his name was not mentioned
until his death in 1837. In 1838 Bestuzhev's sister published his collective
works. A multivolume set was sold out within weeks of its issue.
On Your Namesake Day was first published in this edition from an incomplete
copy and wrongly dated 1828. The original has never been found and all later
editions used the same incomplete copy.