Memoirs and Madness: Leonid Andreev Through the Prism of the Literary Portrait [NOOK Book]

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Memoirs and Madness examines memoir as a literary genre, investigates the creation of Leonid Andreev's posthumous legacy by his contemporaries, and explores the possibility that Andreev, Russia's leading literary figure at the beginning of the twentieth century, suffered from mental illness.

Frederick White's primary focus is A Book About Leonid Andreev (1922), the most important collection of memoirs dedicated to the Russian author, presented...
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Memoirs and Madness: Leonid Andreev Through the Prism of the Literary Portrait

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Overview

Memoirs and Madness examines memoir as a literary genre, investigates the creation of Leonid Andreev's posthumous legacy by his contemporaries, and explores the possibility that Andreev, Russia's leading literary figure at the beginning of the twentieth century, suffered from mental illness.

Frederick White's primary focus is A Book About Leonid Andreev (1922), the most important collection of memoirs dedicated to the Russian author, presented here in the first English translation. The agendas of the memoirists resulted in portraits that have influenced how Andreev is read and spoken about to the present day. White pays special attention to Andreev's history of mental illness, which the memoirists described with vague terms such as "creative energy" or "inner turmoil." Past scholarship has focused on philosophical and sociological factors in the author's life but this concentration on his mental health provides a fruitful approach to deciphering the literary portraits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773560086
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Frederick H. White is assistant professor, German and Russian, Memorial University.

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Table of Contents

A book about Leonid Andreev
Maksim Gor'kii 11
Kornei Chukovskii 59
Aleksandr Blok 71
Georgii Chulkov 79
Boris Zaitsev 93
Nikolai Teleshov 109
Evgenii Zamiatin 123
Andrei Belyi 129
Leonid Andreev through the prism or the literary portrait
1 The literary portrait 143
2 Projecting personal isolation : Zaitsev 163
3 "He is not with them, he is with us, he is ours" : Belyi 181
4 The importance of friendship and Sreda : Teleshov 195
5 Creative energy and manic episodes : Chukovskii 211
6 Inner turmoil and the dark side of depression : Chulkov 227
7 A shared sense of chaos : Blok 243
8 The dreamer and the mathematician : Gor'kii 257
9 Conclusion 283
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