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New York, NY 1992 Hard cover Revised ed. Annotated. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 208 p. Twayne's World Authors, 82.

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Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) is to Russia what Shakespeare is to England and Goethe is to Germany: a founding figure of a national literature. Modern Russian masters from Leo Tolstoy to Anna Akhmatova have drawn significant inspiration from his poetry, prose, drama, and criticism, particularly his famous play Boris Godunov, and his masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, a novel in verse. For well over a century Russian readers have cherished Pushkin's humor, wisdom, and depth. Yet the very quality that most distinguishes Pushkin also presents a major obstacle to Western readers: his extraordinary use of language. Pushkin's carefully crafted sounds, meanings, associations, and rhythms cannot be rendered faithfully in any language but Russian. Walter N. Vickery elegantly rectifies this dilemma in this thorough revision of his classic introduction to Pushkin. Recasting each chapter with new ideas and discoveries gathered during the past two decades, and illustrating his discussion with a wealth of transliterated and translated excerpts, Vickery engenders a deep appreciation of Pushkin in all his subtlety. He also explains the phenomenon of Pushkin, placing him at the dawn of Russia's involvement in the European literary scene and tracing the young writer's exploration of the rich movements of his era, including Classicism, Sentimentalism, and the new Romanticism, as epitomized by Byron. Vickery moves chronologically through Pushkin's best known works, providing expert readings of the 1820 six-canto comic epic Ruslan and Lyudmila, the "Little Tragedies" of 1830, the 1833 "Fairy Tales in Verse," lyric poetry written as late as 1836, and other pieces. In several short poems he reveals the wit, irony, irreverence, and bawdiness made popular by Voltaire; in the "Southern" poems, he finds disillusion, nostalgia, and the torments of love, as well as deep patriotism; in The Bronze Horseman he uncovers Pushkin's terrible weariness and preoccupation with death; and in Eugene Onegin h
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805782684
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Series: Twayne's World Authors Series, #82
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Biographical Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Early Poetry and Ruslan and Lyudmila 22
Ch. 3 The Southern Poems and Gavriiliada 35
Ch. 4 Boris Godunov, Count Nulin and Poltava 52
Ch. 5 The Little Tragedies 73
Ch. 6 Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse 91
Ch. 7 The Little House in Kolomna, Angelo, Fairy Tales in Verse, The Bronze Horseman, and Prose Writings 108
Ch. 8 Lyric Poetry, 1820-1836 130
Ch. 9 Conclusion 153
Notes and References 161
Selected Bibliography 172
Index 176
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