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