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NEKRASOV, Nikolai Alekseevich.

Stikhotvoreniia [Poems].

[St Petersburg: Stasiulevich,] 1879 Stock Code: 129724
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"The greatest Russian poet since Pushkin and Lermontov"

First complete collected edition of the poems of Nekrasov, published the year after his death. At his funeral, Dostoevsky hailed him as "the greatest Russian poet since Pushkin and Lermontov". "Nekrasov did not succeed in creating a school of his own: no 'peasant' poets came in his wake. But he, more than any other Russian poet, made his contemporaries aware of the existence of the peasant and his problems. Truly, he did point out the evils of serfdom prior to 1861 and the shortcomings of the Emancipation after 1861; but he rendered his most valuable service to Russian literature by the artistry with which he did it. Few poets could sing of the beauty of the Russian countryside as Nekrasov did. Few knew as much as he about the Russian peasant. Still fewer could express the truth as artistically and as powerfully" (Terras, p. 296).

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4 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, spines and front covers lettered in gilt, cloth blocked in black and gilt.


Engraved portrait and manuscript facsimile in vol. I.


Neat ownership signature to a couple of front free endpapers. Light wear to extremities, spines faded, a bit of marking and bumping to cloth, discreet repair to joints, two volumes with new patterned endpapers and the other two with reinforcement to hinges, a few instances of faint-finger soiling, last two leaves of vol. I reinserted. A very good copy.


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