D.S.Mirsky by G. S. Smith
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A Russian-English Life, 1890-1939

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D.S.Mirsky by G. S. Smith

Book Awards

  • Winner of Alec Nove Prize 2000.

Book Description

This is the first biography in any language of 'Comrade Prince' D. S. Mirsky (1890-1939), who uniquely participated in three distinctive episodes of modern European culture. In late imperial St Petersburg he was a poet, a student of Oriental languages and ancient history, and also a Guards officer. After fighting in World War I and the Russian Civil War, Mirsky emigrated, taught at London University, and became a literary critic and historian, writing prolifically in English, and also in Russian for the Paris-centred emigration, especially as a leading member of the Eurasian movement. His closest literary relationships were with Marina Tsvetaeva and Aleksei Remizov, and later with Maksim Gorky. In 1926-7 he published A History of Russian Literature, written in English, which remains the standard introduction to the subject. While in London he lived in Bloomsbury and knew the Woolfs; he also knew T. S. Eliot, and was the first Russian critic to write about him. Mirsky became a Communist in 1931 and returned to Stalin's Moscow the following year, becoming a prominent Soviet critic, and in particular championing Boris Pasternak. In 1937 he was arrested, and died in the Gulag. This biography draws on much unpublished material, including Mirsky's NKVD files.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198160069
ISBN-10: 0198160062
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 28mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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