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An absorbing portrait of an extraordinary man, an analysis of the work of a great Russian poet, and the evocation of a crucial period in Russian cultural history—all are combined in Edward J. Brown's literary biography of Vladimir Mayakovsky. It is the only book to reveal the whole Mayakovsky, not just aspects of his tortured personality or artistic work, and will be immediately recognized as definitive.

Mayakovsky contributed to the cultural life of Soviet Russia not only as a lyric poet but as a playwright, graphic artist, and satirist of the conventional art forms of his day. By examining his art in terms of his life, Edward Brown shows how intensely personal it was and how bound up in the literary and political history of his time. The intellectual turmoil of the period is skillfully re-created, especially the nature, ambience, and personalities of Russian futurism. Above all, the book reveals the man—a committed Bolshevik and a dedicated artist, but also a hypochondriac, compulsive gambler, and eventual suicide.

Originally published in 1973.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. A Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introductory Remarks
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 1 Prelude: April 9, 1930
  2. pp. 12-26
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  1. 2 The Revolution: Politics
  2. pp. 27-39
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  1. 3 The Revolution: Art
  2. pp. 40-71
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  1. 4 Mayakovsky in the Futurist Collections
  2. pp. 72-107
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  1. 5 1915: The Cloud and the Flute
  2. pp. 108-144
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  1. 6 1916: "In My Head, War and the Universe, in My Heart, Man"
  2. pp. 145-170
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  1. 7 Form, Image, and Idea in the Early Poems
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. 8 The Poet Engaged
  2. pp. 190-218
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  1. 9 About That, and About Some Other Things
  2. pp. 219-260
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  1. 10 A Commercial Artist Discovers America
  2. pp. 261-302
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  1. 11 Contemporaries
  2. pp. 303-317
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  1. 12 The Cinema and the Stage
  2. pp. 318-335
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  1. 13 A Girl from a Different World
  2. pp. 336-351
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  1. 14 The Heart Yearns for a Bullet
  2. pp. 352-368
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  1. Epilogue—Not in Heaven
  2. pp. 369-370
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  1. Bibliographical Essay
  2. pp. 371-378
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 379-383
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  1. Index of Titles
  2. pp. 384-386
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 387-390
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400867547
MARC Record
OCLC
933516175
Pages
397
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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