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By D. S. Mirsky

ISBN-10: 0394707206

ISBN-13: 9780394707204

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back disguise quote: A heritage of Russian Literature: From Its Beginnings to 1900 comprises all of D. S. Mirsky's A historical past of Russian Literature and the 1st chapters of his modern Russian Literature, as they seemed within the one-volume A background of Russian Literature, edited through Francis J. Whitfield and released in 1949 by way of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Russian literature has continuously been inseparably associated with Russian historical past. D. S. Mirsky, in facing this truth, consistently saved in brain the ever colourful and altering points of the single in discussing the opposite. With a willing and penetrating experience of values, fortified by way of a method sharp sufficient to hold each nuance of his that means, he explored essentially the most complicated and interesting literatures of the world.

" [Mirsky's] histories of literature ... own lcarning, attractiveness, wit, highbrow gaiety, and an incomparable kind and sweep and gear of speaking impressions and ideas." Sir' Isaiah Berlin

"Prince Mirsky is either pupil and stylist; his books, hence, have a double correct to live." Clifton Fadiman

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Once patriarch, he decided to go one better in the revision of books and restoration of rituals, and, instead of limiting himself to Old Russian models, he turned to the Greek. This new revision resulted in the publication of texts conforming to the Greek and in certain changes of ritual where Russian practice had differed from that of the Greeks, as, for example, in making the sign of the cross with two fingers and saying alleluia twice instead of the Greek three fingers and treble alleluia. It was such seemingly _unimportant points that led to the schism.

It reflects the feelings of the Old Believers and other enemies of the great tyrant, the exultation of the oppressed and martyred mice at the end of their persecutor. 3 The Age of Classicism MODERN Russian literature dates from the establishment of a continuous tradition of secular imaginative literature in the second quarter of the eighteenth century. The adoption of French classical standards by four men, all born in the reign of Peter, and their variously successful attempts to transpose these standards into Russian and to produce original work according to them are the starting point of all subsequent literary development.

It is full of the poetry of war and is one of the most stimulating of Old Russian writings. The majority of saints' lives written during the Mus~ covite period are in the style introduced by the Serbs and by Epiphanius, and have no individual interest. An exception is the Life of St. Mnia Lazarevsky, by her son Kalistrat Os6ryin. St. Juliania herself is an exception, being the only Russian female saint who was neither a nun nor a princess but merely a virtuous matron. The fact of a son's writing his mother's life is also unique.

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