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p. 614. ‘I shall be famous as long as another poet lives’

Writers’ responses to Pushkinlocked

  • Catriona Kelly

Abstract

Pushkin boasted that he would be famous forever, and other writers, and ordinary Russians, seem to agree. ‘“I shall be famous as long as another poet lives”: Writers' responses to Pushkin’ examines these views, and surveys some of the Russian writers who tried to emulate Pushkin. What can Pushkin's writing and career tell us about how writers perceive themselves, and how they are seen by the public and by critics? How did the variety of Pushkin's writing styles and his pioneering of ‘mixed genre’ texts inspire later generations? The work of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Chekhov, Brodsky, and others is discussed. Importantly, who were the writers whose work bears little relation to Pushkin's?

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