Lauren G. Leighton (essay date July 1969)
SOURCE: Leighton, Lauren G. “Bestuzhev-Marlinsky as a Lyric Poet.” Slavonic and East European Review 47, no. 109 (July 1969): 308-22.
[In the following essay, Leighton discusses Bestuzhev's poetry as a representation of the technical and aesthetic standards of Russia's Golden Age.]
‘Marlinsky is out of fashion these days’, recalled Turgenev in the 1870s, ‘no one reads him and his name is even sneered at; but in the thirties he thundered forth like no one else … put his stamp on the entire generation contemporary to him.’1 A fierce literary critic on behalf of Romanticism in Russia, a glamorous revolutionary of the ill-fated Decembrist movement,...
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