A History of Russian Literature from its Beginnings to 1900 by D. S. Mirsky

By D. S. Mirsky

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back hide quote: A historical past of Russian Literature: From Its Beginnings to 1900 includes all of D. S. Mirsky's A background of Russian Literature and the 1st chapters of his modern Russian Literature, as they seemed within the one-volume A historical past of Russian Literature, edited via Francis J. Whitfield and released in 1949 via Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Russian literature has continuously been inseparably associated with Russian background. D. S. Mirsky, in facing this truth, consistently saved in brain the ever colourful and altering facets of the single in discussing the opposite. With a willing and penetrating feel of values, fortified through a mode sharp adequate to hold each nuance of his that means, he explored essentially the most complicated and engaging literatures of the world.

" [Mirsky's] histories of literature ... own lcarning, attractiveness, wit, highbrow gaiety, and an incomparable kind and sweep and gear of speaking impressions and ideas." Sir' Isaiah Berlin

"Prince Mirsky is either pupil and stylist; his books, accordingly, have a double correct to live." Clifton Fadiman

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In the former, Derzhavin extolled the virtues of the Empress and satirized the vices of her principal courtiers. It brought him Catherine's particular favor. When, shortly after its publication. Derzhavin quarreled with his superior and had to leave his office, he was immediately given a higher post and appointed Governor of Olonets. But there again he quarreled with his associate governor and, on being transferred to ·the governorship of Tamb6v, quarreled again. In 1791 he was appointed Secretary to the Empress for the receipt of petitions, but he did not get on with her, and when, after Catherine's death, Paul tried to employ him in a similar capacity, he found the poet equally difficult.

The four men were Kante· mfr, Trediak6vsky, Lomon6sov, and Sumar6kov. KANTEMfR Prince Antioch Kantemfr ( 1708-44) , the son of a wealthy and cultured noble (his father's history of the Turks, written in Latin, remained for over a century the standard work on the subject), was himself, at the age of twenty· two, probably the most cultured man in Russia. During the crisis of 1730 he was a leader of the anti-oligarchic party, and, together with Feofan Prokop6vich and the historian Tatfschev, persuaded the Empress Anne to cancel the constitution she had sworn to observe.

The four men were Kante· mfr, Trediak6vsky, Lomon6sov, and Sumar6kov. KANTEMfR Prince Antioch Kantemfr ( 1708-44) , the son of a wealthy and cultured noble (his father's history of the Turks, written in Latin, remained for over a century the standard work on the subject), was himself, at the age of twenty· two, probably the most cultured man in Russia. During the crisis of 1730 he was a leader of the anti-oligarchic party, and, together with Feofan Prokop6vich and the historian Tatfschev, persuaded the Empress Anne to cancel the constitution she had sworn to observe.

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