A History of Russian Symbolism by Ronald E. Peterson

By Ronald E. Peterson

The period of Russian Symbolism (1892-1917) has been referred to as the Silver Age of Russian tradition, or even the second one Golden Age. Symbolist authors are one of the maximum Russian authors of this century, and their actions helped to foster essentially the most major advances in cultural existence (in poetry, prose, tune, theater, and portray) that has ever been noticeable there. This e-book is designed to function an creation to Symbolism in Russia, as a move, a creative technique, and an international view. the first emphasis is at the historical past of the move itself. recognition is dedicated to what the Symbolists wrote, acknowledged, and suggestion, and on how they interacted. during this context, the most actors are the authors of poetry, prose, drama, and feedback, yet area is additionally dedicated to the $64000 connections among literary figures and artists, philosophers, and the intelligentsia ordinarily. This extensive, distinctive and balanced account of this era will function a typical reference paintings an inspire additional examine between students and scholars of literature.

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After the publication of the book, Bryusov journeyed to Petersburg in December 1898, where he was very active in literary circles for ten days. 28 The charges from both sides contain an element of truth, and one cannot maintain that Bryusov's book was his definitive statement on the subject of art. On this quick trip to the capital, Bryusov also met other leading figures, most notably Minsky (who seemed like a spider to Bryusov), Sologub, Ivan Bunin (later Nobel Prize laureate), Vladimir Hippius (a poet and scholar related to Zinaida; he later taught at the Tenishev School in Petersburg), and other figures, mostly from the older generation.

Important articles by Symbolists and other authors who favored modernistic trends were published. 15 The Symbolists who published there were happy, for the most part, to have this outlet for their writings, and in the first years of this century, several of the World of Art artists illustrated books by Symbolists. But it was difficult for some authors, particularly the Merezhkovskys, to work with Diaghilev, who was apparently rather authoritarian in his dealings with colleagues. The two persons in the Symbolist camp who were initially most active in the World of Art journal were the Merezhkovskys, however.

This work by Solovyov made a lasting impression and helped to keep alive the feeling that something final was approaching during the early years of this century. Anthologies at the Turn of the Century For many of the people involved in striving for greater freedom in art, and specifically for those actively promoting the cause of modernism, the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth naturally provided an occasion for reflecting and for dreaming about the future. The titles of some publications at this time often mirror the perception of the fin de si├Ęcle.

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