, for example, strove to "present literature as an independent area with its own history, its own symbolic figures" (208), which conception demanded that his biographies themselves employ new narrative forms.
Nabokov further notes that the wake for Delvig was held by his friends--Pushkin, Viazemskii
, Baratynskii, and Iazykov--on January 27, 1831--that is, exactly six years before Pushkin's own duel (3:23).
But it would appear that dozens of Russian writers were similarly struck by the beauty of Venice, among them Muratov, Lermontov, Viazemskii
, Apukhtin, Bunin, Gumilev, Khodasevich, Turgenev, Pasternak, Akhmatova, Mandel'shtam, Brodskii, and Kushner.
Chester Rzadkiewicz examines Polevoi's Moscow Telegraph (1825-34) and in particular its role in the debate of 1829-31 about the alleged existence and attitudes of a 'literary aristocracy' (including Pushkin, Viazemskii
and their supporters).
She draws attention throughout to Prince Petr Viazemskii
(a Russian official serving in Poland) and to the brothers Aleksandr and Nikolai Turgenev.
, "O 'Bakhchisaraiskom fontane' ne v literaturnom otnoshenii" and accompanying primechaniia (notes), in Pushkin v prizhiznennoi kritike, 1820-1827, ed.
Kol'tsov here is seen as the fulfillment of a Romantic, idealistic vision of a fully natural poet, "a child of nature, meek, simple-hearted," as he was called by one member of Stankevich's circle, Prince Viazemskii
, in a letter to Aleksandr Turgenev (Kol'tsov, xxvi).
is enjoyably robust, one of Lermontov's wordier late poems (p.
In a memoir written long after the fact, Viazemskii
asserts that all controversies disappeared and everyone realized the necessity of defending the fatherland.
The epigraph to the first chapter is found in Pushkin's letter to Viazemskii
(1 September 1828).
, disapproved of the Decembrists' recourse to violence.
Though Pushkin and those close to him like Viazemskii
constantly urged survivors from the eighteenth century to write and publish their memoirs, it was the rare individual who responded, and the majority of memoiristic works belonged to the elite rather than to the honest old rank and file gentry whose reminiscences might provide a healthy counterbalance to the pernicious influence of the novaia znat', in the view of critical "literary aristocrats" like Pushkin.