Istrin, Vasilii

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Istrin, Vasilii Mikhailovich


Born Jan. 29 (Feb. 10), 1865, in the village of Pekhra, Moscow District; died Apr. 19, 1937, in Leningrad. Soviet literary scholar; academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (1907).

Istrin graduated in 1887 from Moscow University and was a privatdocent there from 1891 to 1897. From 1897 to 1907 he was a professor at the University of Novorossiia (Odessa). Istrin’s works include Studies in the Area of Old Russian Literature (1906) and Outline History of Old Russian Literature of the Pre-Muscovite Period (1922); he did painstaking philological work on the publication of old texts (for example, Books of the Life and Times of George the Monk: Chronicle of Georgii Amartol, vols. 1–3, 1920–30). Istrin also did research on Pushkin’s literary output and on the biographies of V.A. Zhukovskii and Gogol.


Danilov, V.V. “Khronologicheskii spisok trudov akademika V.M. Is-trina.” Trudy Otdela drevnerusskoi literatury, 1956, Vol. 12.
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