Mikhail Artsybashev Analysis

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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Mikhail Artsybashev is best known for his novel Sanin (1907; Sanine, 1914). He wrote other novels and short stories in addition to plays, as well as a book of literary notes and observations, Zapiski pisatelya (1925). His collections of short stories were published on several occasions and his collected works in 1905-1917. Few of his works were published in the Soviet period.


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Mikhail Artsybashev received no formal awards, but his contribution to Russian literature, including drama, was significant in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Although his reputation has diminished since then, there is no denying that he was a force for a while, primarily because of his bold approach to several themes that were extremely topical in Russian literature in his time.


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Glicksberg, Charles I. The Literature of Nihilism. Lewisberg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1975. Discusses the aspects of nihilism in Artsybashev’s works.

Lavrin, Janko. Russian Writers: Their Lives and Literature. New York: Van Nostrand, 1954. A brief study of Artsybashev in English.

Luker, Nicholas. “Artsybashev’s Sanin: A Reappraisal.” Renaissance and Modern Studies 24 (1980). Re-evaluates Artsybashev’s main work.

Luker, Nicholas. In Defence of a Reputation: Essays on the Early Prose of Mikhail Artsybashev. Nottingham, England: Astra Press, 1990. A full-length monograph in which Luker attempts a rehabilitation of Artsybashev from a late twentieth century point of view.

Luker, Nicholas.“‘Wild Justice’: Mikhail Artsybashev’s Mstitel’ Collection.” New Zealand Slavonic Journal, 1993. Deals with Artsybashev’s later work.

Pachmuss, Temira. “Mikhail Artsybashev in the Criticism of Zinaida Gippius.” The Slavonic and East European Review 44 (1966). A critical appraisal and an evaluation of Artsybashev by a leading critic.

Slonim, Marc. Modern Russian Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972. A brief study of Artsybashev in English. Includes bibliography and index.