The dictionary “Russian Writers. 1800–1917” (5 volumes appeared since 1989 — “Abaza K.K. — Solonitsyn V. Ap.”) is among the most ambitious projects in Russian literary studies. The dictionary containing about 2000 articles about Russian men of letters and having provided a huge corpus of the most exact and comprehensive data including bibliographical and archival indexes, gave a powerful impetus to the literary history in the course of long-term meticulous work on the edition. The dictionary was a stimulating and strict professional school for a generation of scholars. Founders, authors and the editorial board of “Literary fact” expect the 6th volume, the last one of the dictionary, to be published in the coming anniversary year (30 years ago the first volume appeared). Unfortunately strictly limited wordage of the last volume requires conciseness and laconism; creative freedom typical for volumes 3–5 (attentive readers can see the difference between volumes 3–5 and 1–2, when the editorial board and authors were still trying to follow the patterns of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia) is impossible. Hence publication of the enlarged versions of the articles from volume 6 is very important: it is quite possible that this consistent work will become a full-fledged academic project in itself. “Literary fact” plans to publish the preprints and discussions to present the last volume of the dictionary in full.
- Keywords: literary biography, encyclopedia, dictionary, Ye. Yashnov, Russian literature of the 19th — early 20th century.
- For citation:
Pereverzev Oleg, Subbotin Sergei. From the dictionary “Russian Writers. 1800–1917” (Ye.Ye. Yashnov). Literary fact, 2018, no. 9, pp. 437–447.
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Subbotin S.I. “...raskryvaet vnutrenniuiu biografiiu romantikov revoliutsii...”: Evgenii Iashnov ob Aleksandre Bloke [“...reveals the inner biography of revolutionary romantics...”: Yevgeny Yashnov on Alexander Blok]. Aleksandr Blok: Issledovaniia i materialy. T. 5 [Alexander Blok: Studies and materials. Vol. 5]. St. Petersburg, Pushkin House Publ., 2016, pp. 398–412. (In Russ.)