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Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky and Russian Byronism Hardcover – February 6, 1995

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“This is an impressive study of a Russian literary figure who in his own time (the early 19th-century) was both more, and less, than his current reputation now merits in the world of Russian letters. Dying literally on the cusp of a paradigm shift from Romantic to Realistic prose, he was quickly written out of Russian literary history and parodied mercilessly throughout the 19th-century. And this is a pity, for Bestuzhev’s aesthetics have remained an important, if unacknowledged, aspect of Russian thinking about culture, real-life roles, and the charisma of self-constructed heroes.”
—Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

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Lewis Bagby is Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Wyoming.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt) (February 6, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271013362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271013367
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,788,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is a lengthy look at Tsarist Russia, giving views of what it was like to struggle against a reactionary regime, that strongly opposed any reforms. The time is the early 19th century. We see the intersection between a literary subculture and the imperial government.

Unlike many books about famous authors, this only deals partially with its subject's writings. Much of the text is taken over with analysing the subject's dealings with his friends and with the changes happening in Russia. He joins the "Secret Society" and helps in their conspiracies. Much to no avail, as the Russian government was too entrenched.
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