The poet’s grandmother Elizaveta Alexeyevna Arsenyeva rented the house from the merchant’s wife F. I. Chernova. They also rented the outbuildings — the kitchen, house for servants, stables, coach house, ice cellar, and barn. After M. Yu. Lermontov and E. A. Arsenyeva left the premises, the yard remained unchanged up until 1844.
In the spring of 1832 Lermontov decided to leave Moscow University, after having gone through some personal hardship. “For family reasons”, he moved to St. Petersburg, where he intended to continue his studies at the university there. But since the offer required him to repeat the first year, Lermontov decided instead to begin military service.
While Lermontov was alive, a separate publication of A Hero of Our Time was released (St. Petersburg, 1840, ed. by A. A. Krayevsky, pub. by I. N. Kushinnikov and A. D. Kireev). Lermontov revised the text of the chapters previously published in journals and made various corrections. The novel was approved by the censor on 19 February and was published on 27 April. Lermontov did not read the proofs, since from 10 March to mid-April he was under arrest for a duel with E. Barant. The book has uncorrected scribal errors and misprints. The novel was released in two parts. The edition was sold out, and already in 1841, Lermontov sold Kireyev the rights to a second edition, with a run of 1,200 copies. In this edition (St. Petersburg, 1841) Lermontov made a few corrections; otherwise it repeats the first, including the same pages and lines. The preface first appeared in the 1841 edition; it apparently arrived during printing and therefore was printed with a separate pagination and is not included in the table of contents. Both editions had minor cuts made by the censor.
“…For a masquerade in the Noble Assembly, Lermontov was dressed as an astrologer with a huge book of fate under his arm; in this book the role of cabalistic signs was played by Chinese characters, which I cut out of black paper, and which were traced in a colossal form from a tea box and pasted on each page; under the letters were poems assigned to various acquaintances whom he was likely to meet at the masquerade.” From the memoirs of A. P. Shan-Girey, a second cousin of the poet, who lived in the house of E. A. Arsenyev in Moscow, when M. Yu. Lermontov was preparing for the New Year, 1832
A journal containing prose and poetry by the graduates of the boarding school, the students of S. E. Raich, an intimate literary environment for Lermontov at the school. Most of the works in the anthology are signed with pseudonyms. T. Levit gives a tentative identification of the authors. Some researchers believe that the “Thoughts, Statements and Remarks”, signed with the Latin letters N. N., were written by Lermontov.
In 1954, a memorial plaque was installed on its façade. Finally, in 1977, famed cultural figures of the country, including I. L. Andronikov, poet P. Antokolsky, literary scholar E. G. Gerstein, People’s Artist of the Soviet Union E. N. Gogoleva, literary scholar T. A. Ivanova, honored art worker of the RSFSR N. P. Pakhomov, and architect V. M. Smirnova addressed a letter to Literaturnaya gazeta newspaper, in which they emphasized the importance of the Moscow period in the development of the Russian literary classic’s creative work. On 18 February 1981, the house became the Mikhail Lermontov House–Museum.