World Authors Series: Alexander Pushkin / Edition 1

World Authors Series: Alexander Pushkin / Edition 1

by Gale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805782680

ISBN-13: 9780805782684

Pub. Date: 12/11/1992

Publisher: Gale Group

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…  See more details below

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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:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/11/1992
Series:
World Authors Series, #82
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
Ch. 1Biographical Introduction1
Ch. 2Early Poetry and Ruslan and Lyudmila22
Ch. 3The Southern Poems and Gavriiliada35
Ch. 4Boris Godunov, Count Nulin and Poltava52
Ch. 5The Little Tragedies73
Ch. 6Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse91
Ch. 7The Little House in Kolomna, Angelo, Fairy Tales in Verse, The Bronze Horseman, and Prose Writings108
Ch. 8Lyric Poetry, 1820-1836130
Ch. 9Conclusion153
Notes and References161
Selected Bibliography172
Index176

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