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

D. S. Mirsky: A Russian-English Life, 1890-1939

byG. S. Smith

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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 Guardsofficer. 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 theWoolfs; 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 theGulag. This biography draws on much unpublished material, including Mirsky's NKVD files.

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G. S. Smith is at New College, Oxford.
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Title:D. S. Mirsky: A Russian-English Life, 1890-1939Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198160062

ISBN - 13:9780198160069

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IntroductionI: In Russia, 1890-19201. Two Names2. Two Callings3. Two ArmiesII: Out of Russia, 1921-19324. Writing English5. Writing Russian6. Writing PoliticsIII: Back in Russia, 1932-19397. The Rising Line8. The Falling Line9. End of the LineNotesBibliographyIndex

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`Smith pays careful and discriminating attention to Mirskii's writing, and gives us what will surely be the definitive life of poor Prince (comrade) Mirskii.'Sheila Fitzpatrick, Russian Review