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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Frequently Cited Works

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

GERALD JANECEK

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pp. 1-18

The sad fact is that Andrey Bely (1880 - 1934) is not well known in the West in spite of his being one of the most important innovators in prose and literary theory of the twentieth century. This is in part due...

PART I: Bely's Literary Legacy

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Andrey Bely Redivivus

GLEB STRUVE

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pp. 21-43

I am not exactly a specialist on Andrey Bely. At least I do not regard myself as such, and I have not written or published anything about him for quite a long time. I did not know Bely well personally, as did...

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Prishedshy: A. Bely and A. Chekhov

ZOYA YURIEFF

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pp. 44-55

Ideally, a study ofAndrey Bely-andofRussian Symbolismshould start at the beginning, that is with the preceding transitional period, called by Bely "the boundary between two centuries," where the roots of...

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"Adam" and the Modern Vision

CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS

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pp. 56-70

The Russian modernists were obsessed with visions of the future. Futurism, which found its name only four years before the Revolution, had been a significant attitude of mind since the days when the Slavophiles dreamed of Russia's special destiny. In art the general...

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Typographical Devices in the Poetry of Andrey Bely

HERBERT EAGLE

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pp. 71-85

In 1929, in the introductory chapter of his monograph Rhythm as a Dialectic Andrey Bely characterized the effect of typographical arrangement on verse rhythm as follows: "whether one ought to print verses in short lines or not . . . is a question not resolvable...

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Rhythm in Prose: The Special Case of Bely

GERALD JANECEK

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pp. 86-102

The thorny question of the rhythmic principle underlying standard well-written prose has recently tended to find an answer in colonometry, an idea first put forth by Boris Tomashevsky.l However, the colonometric theory largely...

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A Prism for the Absolute: The Symbolic Colors of Andrey Bely

SAMUEL D. CIORAN

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pp. 103-114

Poets like Bryusov and Balmont flirted capriciously with the symbolism of colors more or less as exaggerated proof of their superficial commitment to French Symbolist theories of "correspondences" and...

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A Memoir and a Comment: The "Circle" of Petersburg

Nina Berberova

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pp. 115-120

Long ago I made an observation: Russians (especially old men) like to use old envelopes. Rozanov in Secluded (Uedinyonnoe) and Fallen Leaves (Opavshie listya), after writing down a thought, puts in parentheses...

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The Time Bomb

HELENE HARTMANN-FLYER

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pp. 121-126

The writer is a mythmaker, says Bely. The point from which the myth originates is mysterious and sacred and must remain hidden from the reader. Through words--their structure, their special usage, and their...

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Bely's Moscow Novels

BELY'8 MOSCOW NOVELS

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pp. 127-134

In the introduction to his recent translation of The Silver Dove G. Reaveydeclares that Kotik Letaev has no thematic connection with Bely's earlier novels.! I believe that is mistaken. On the contrary, all Bely's...

PART II. Bely and His Milieu

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Bely's Musical Aesthetics

ROBERT P. HUGHES

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pp. 137-145

This brief study is an attempt to elucidate in Bely's earliest theoretical writings the philosophical and aesthetic bases for some of the content and certain formal techniques of his literary...

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Andrey Bely and the Modernist Movement in Russian Drama

GEORGE KALBOUSS

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pp. 146-155

As was the case with many of his fellow Russian Symbolist poets, Andrey Bely was very much interested in the development of a new Russian theater. During the period 1900-1910, Bely participated in...

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Bely and Sologub: Toward the History of a Friendship

STANLEY J. RABINOWITZ

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pp. 156-168

Students of Russian Symbolism are well aware that Andrey Bely's personal and professional relationship with Fyodor Sologub (1863 - 1927) has received almost no attention either in the Soviet Union or the West. We know a fair amount regarding...

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Andrey Bely, M. O. Gershenzon, and Vekhi: A Rejoinder to N. Valentinov

ARTHUR LEVIN

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pp. 169-180

In his memoir account Two Years with the Symbolists (1969), the former Menshevik, N. Valentinov (N. V. Volsky), testifies to the extraordinary intellectual influence exerted on Bely by the Russian-Jewish man of...

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Revolution as Apocalypse: The Case of Bely

BERNICE GLATZER ROSENTHAL

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pp. 181-192

Though opposed to Marxism because he abhorred both materialism and determinism, Andrey Bely hailed the Bolshevik Revolution; he believed it was part of a greater spiritual revolution yet to come. Though the juxtaposition of Bolshevism...

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The Bely — Ivanov-Razumnik Correspondence

ROGER KEYS

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pp. 193-204

Although Andrey Bely was a prolific and often painstaking correspondent, very few of his letters have been published hitherto, either in their entirety or in extract. His copious correspondence

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The Bely-Zhirmunsky Polemic

THOMAS R. BEYER, JR.

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pp. 205-214

Andrey Bely, the brilliant apologist of Russian Symbolism and one of its most ardent and capable polemists, asserted most emphatically in his study, Rhythm as a Dialectic, that he was a "formalist prior...

Contributors

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pp. 215-218

Index

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pp. 219-222