A History of Russian Literature from its Beginnings to 1900 by D. S. Mirsky

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back disguise quote: A background of Russian Literature: From Its Beginnings to 1900 comprises all of D. S. Mirsky's A historical past of Russian Literature and the 1st chapters of his modern Russian Literature, as they seemed within the one-volume A historical past of Russian Literature, edited by means of Francis J. Whitfield and released in 1949 by way of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Russian literature has continuously been inseparably associated with Russian background. D. S. Mirsky, in facing this truth, continuously stored in brain the ever colourful and altering features of the only in discussing the opposite. With a willing and penetrating experience of values, fortified via a method sharp sufficient to hold each nuance of his that means, he explored the most advanced and engaging literatures of the world.

" [Mirsky's] histories of literature ... own lcarning, splendor, wit, highbrow gaiety, and an incomparable variety and sweep and tool of speaking impressions and ideas." Sir' Isaiah Berlin

"Prince Mirsky is either student and stylist; his books, consequently, have a double correct to live." Clifton Fadiman

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back hide quote: A background of Russian Literature: From Its Beginnings to 1900 comprises all of D. S. Mirsky's A historical past of Russian Literature and the 1st chapters of his modern Russian Literature, as they seemed within the one-volume A historical past of Russian Literature, edited via Francis J. Whitfield and released in 1949 by means of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Russian literature has continually been inseparably associated with Russian historical past. D. S. Mirsky, in facing this truth, always stored in brain the ever colourful and altering features of the only in discussing the opposite. With a prepared and penetrating feel of values, fortified via a method sharp adequate to hold each nuance of his which means, he explored probably the most complicated and engaging literatures of the world.

" [Mirsky's] histories of literature . .. own lcarning, splendor, wit, highbrow gaiety, and an incomparable sort and sweep and gear of speaking impressions and ideas. " Sir' Isaiah Berlin

"Prince Mirsky is either student and stylist; his books, hence, have a double correct to dwell. " Clifton Fadiman

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In 1664 he was brought back to Moscow, where during his absence considerable changes had taken place, Nikon had fallen, and a synod was going to meet to judge both Nikon and Avvakum. The Tsar was disposed to concessions. But AvvakUm was opposed to all compromise, and Alexis was forced to submit to the guidance of the Greek party. The Synod of 1666-7 condemned Avvakum's ritual , tenets, and thus the schism became final: the conservatives were henceforth schismatics (raskolniki). Avvak6m· himself was shorn monk and exiled to Pustozersk in the far northeast of Russia.

Ric. " His grammar is complicated and contorted, and his meaning as a rule wonderfully obscure. But he is also the shrewdest and most intelligent of all contemporary historians. His story is a real story with a beginning and an end. Timofeyev has been given high praise as a chronicler and as a trust· worthy witness by the greatest of our modem historians, Professor Plat6nov, who has singled him out as a particular favorite. 24 A mSTORY OF RUSSIAN LITERATIJRE A last fruit of the Old Russian "military story" is the Story of the Defense of Az6v by the Don Cossacks against the Turks in 1641.

The vivid and realistic imagery of his style makes his ukases the most enjoyable literature of the time. He had a genius for pithy and memorable statement, and many of his sayings still live in everyone's memory. Of the other secular writers of the period the most interesting are Ivan Pososhk6v (1652-1726), a tradesman and self-educated man who wrote a book, On Indigence and Wealth, and Vasily Nildtich Tatlschev (1686-1750), whose History of Russia, though formless from the literary point of view, is the first really scholarly attempt to tackle the vast material in the Russian Annals together with the evidence of foreign writers.

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