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Published: 29 June 2000

416 Pages | 12 halftones


ISBN: 9780198160069

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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, whose connections with Russian emigrés such as Maksim Gorky and Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and 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 World 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  • Draws on much unpublished material, including Mirsky's NKVD files

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