Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 September 2000

424 Pages | 12 halftones

ISBN: 9780198160069

Bookseller Code (06)

D. S. Mirsky

A Russian-English Life, 1890-1939

G. S. Smith

  • The first biography of an extraordinary figure in 20th-century Russian and English literary life, with connections with Russian emigrés such as Maksim Gorky and Marina Tsvetaeva, with Boris Pasternak, and with the Bloomsbury circle and the British intellectual left
  • Mirsky was a prolific writer in Russian and English, and author of a History of Russian Literature which is still the standard introduction to the subject
  • His life spans pre-Revolutionary Russia, the First War and Russian Civil war, in which he fought, emigré life in London in the twenties, and Stalinist Russia in the thirties: he returned home as a communist, only to be arrested and die in prison
  • Draws on much unpublished material, including Mirsky's NKVD files