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Title: Collecting Mandelstam
Author(s): Martin, R. Eden
Subject(s): Mandelstam, Osip Russian poetry Book collecting
Abstract: One does not have to read Mandelstam’s work in the original to realize that he led a fascinating and tragic life, which is of interest apart from the artistic merit of his verse. Also, the story of his books—how and when they appeared, the difficulties of getting accurate bibliographic information, and the travails of trying to collect these books today—will be familiar to collectors of great writers in English or any other language. But, more important, Mandelstam lived and wrote under terrible hardships—censorship, threats from Stalin’s government, incarceration and torture, extreme poverty and hunger, and internal exile. As awful as these conditions were for ordinary Russians, they were probably even worse for Jewish intellectuals. How Mandelstam was able to create transcendent poetry in such wretched circumstances — and how his wife was able to preserve his work during and after their years of internal exile — is a story of the triumphant human spirit. (from the article)
Issue Date: 2006-11
Publisher: The Caxton Club
Citation Info: Martin, R. Eden. (2006) Collecting Mandelstam. The Caxtonian 14(11): 1-16.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1095
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by R.Eden Martin 2006.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-02
 

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