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ISBN-13: 978-0198160069 ISBN-10: 0198160062 Edition: 1st

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"Even those who have read and admired Mirsky can hardly be acquainted with the tragic story of his life, which has now been thoroughly explored for the first time in G. S. Smith's biography.... Smith gives a fascinating and detailed account of the Moscow years, during which Mirsky managed to keep afloat with the help of a few surviving friends."--New York Review of Books

"[Mirskii's] is a colorful life indeed, and the British scholar G. S. Smith tells the sad story well.... Smith pays careful and discriminating attention to Mirskii's writing, noting the prescience of his judgment on contemporary writers including Tsvetaeva, Pasternak, and T. S. Eliot, and gives us what will surely be the definitive life of poor Prince (comrade) Mirskii."--The Russian Reivew

"A work of impeccable, solid scholarship completed over 30 years, this study gathers most of what has come to light about Mirsky and is the first major Western effort to make sense out of it.... A must for all academic collections."--Choice

"Smith's long-awaited biography of Prince Dmitri Petrovich Svyatopolk-Mirsky is not only the first study of a seminal Russian literary critic and Eurasianist, it also provides a magisterial panorama of intellectual life among the Russian emigres, their English hosts, and the literary intelligentsia in Stalin's Moscow in the 1930s.... Smith's volume provides a profound and provocative portrait of one of the remarkable Russian victims of the twentieth century."--Studies in East European Thought

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G. S. Smith is at New College, Oxford.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198160062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198160069
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By dust collector on January 5, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Excellent no doubt. But it is a shame that OUP has pegged the price of this important book beyond the means of most readers and most public lending libraries.

PS - I gave it five stars. I might as easily have given it one. Amazon makes no provision for comments such as mine.
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