Ignaty Nikolayevich Potapenko (December 30, 1856 – May 17, 1929), was a Russian writer and playwright.
Potapenko was born in the village of Fyodorovka, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) where his father was a priest. Potapenko studied at Odessa University, and at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. His first works were tales of Ukrainian life. He’s best known for his novel A Russian Priest (1890), published in Vestnik Evropy (Herald of Europe). His works include novels, plays, and short stories.

Translated by Thomas Seltzer.

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