Shcherbina, Vladimir Rodionovich
Born June 24 (July 7), 1908, in the city of Georgievsk, in what is now Stavropol’ Krai. Soviet Russian critic and literary scholar. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1976). Member of the CPSU since 1939.
Shcherbina graduated from the literature department of the Krasnodar Pedagogical Institute in 1929. He was first published in 1933. He became deputy director of the A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature in 1953.
Shcherbina is the author of books on A. S. Novikov-Priboi and A. N. Tolstoy. In his critical articles and scholarly works he propagandizes on behalf of the achievements of socialist realism and polemizes with bourgeois theorists of aesthetics. His works include Our Contemporary: The Concept of the Human Being in 20th-century Literature (1964), Problems of Literary Scholarship in the Light of the Heritage of V. I. Lenin (1971), and The Writer in the Contemporary World: Literature, Ideology, Culture (1973).
Shcherbina was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor in 1968.
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