Leonid Leonov Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Gibian, George. "Versions of a Soviet Inferno." In Interval of Freedom: Soviet Literature During the Thaw, 1954–1957, pp. 106-44. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1960.

Discusses Alexander Gratsiansky, the principal antagonist of The Russian Forest, as an example of the negative Soviet character type "closest to the old-fashioned Stalinist villains."

Klimenko, Michael. Review of Literatura i vrem'ja, by Leonid Leonov. Books Abroad 39, No. 3 (Summer 1965): 360-61.

Remarks favorably on Leonov's collection of essays dealing with literary criticism, politics, and travel.

Plank, D. L. "Unconscious Motifs in Leonid Leonov's The Badgers." Slavic and East European Journal 16, No. 1 (Spring 1972): 19-35.

Analyzes a minor incident from The Badgers, Sergej Polovinkin's seduction of Anna Brykin, focusing on unconscious motifs and anonymity.

Simmons, Ernest J. "Leonid Leonov." In Russian Fiction and Soviet Ideology: Introduction to Fedin, Leonov, and Sholokhov, pp. 89-61. New York: Columbia University Press, 1958.

Surveys Leonov's literary career, focusing on his novels.

Sosa, Michael. Review of The River, by Leonid Leonov. World Literature Today 50, No. 3 (Summer 1985): 451.

Remarks on the protagonist of Soviet River and faults the translation as "woefully inadequate."

Starikova, Ekaterina. Leonid Leonov. Translated by Joy Jennings. Moscow: Raduga Publishers, 1986, 219 p.

Surveys Leonov's career. In this edition, Starikova's monograph is bound with Leonov's On Craftsmanship, a collection of five essays including "A Word on Tolstoy" and "Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy."

Struve, Gleb. "Leonov." In Russian Literature under Lenin and Stalin: 1917–1953, pp. 98-105. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1971.

Focuses on The Badgers and The Thief. Struve notes Leonov's use of stories within his novels, particularly "The Tale of the Furious Kalafat" in The Badgers, and Leonov's debt to Dostoevsky.

Thomson, R. D. B. "Leonov's Play Zolotaja kareta." Slavic and East European Journal 16, No. 4 (Winter 1972): 438-48.

Discusses the themes of The Golden Coach, the changes Leonov made in the play's different versions, and its place in Leonov's artistic development.

"Robbing the Thief." Times Literary Supplement, No. 3386 (19 January 1967): 54.

Reviews The Thief and The Russian Forest. The critic laments Leonov's revisions of the earlier novel and states that the latter novel "compares unfavorably" with Leonov's early works.