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A Russian choir in Victorian England

A Russian choir in Victorian England

24th August 2017

Dmitrii Agrenev-Slaviansky (1834–1908) was a Russian singer who founded a choir in 1868, and toured for many years around Europe and the USA.  According to one source, they gave more than 15,000 concerts over 40 years. This printed programme, from 1886, shows the kind of thing Western audiences could hear, many of them, such as […]

A thick-skinned English journalist

A thick-skinned English journalist

25th May 2017

Something else I shall have on my stand at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair next week is this, a curious Russian lithograph from the 1850s: It’s entitled ‘The editor of the English newspaper “The Times” and the Russian bootmaker’, and highlights The Times’ position during the Crimean War.  In the image, the editor complains to […]

The first English translation of Russian verse, or a literary forgery?

The first English translation of Russian verse, or a literary forgery?

3rd March 2017

One rare item I shall have with me next week at the New York book fair is this: It’s a work I’d never heard of before: the first edition (there was also a reissue, with a cancel title-page, in 1816) of supposedly a translation of a poem, in which ‘a Russian Boyar adopts the son of […]

Dioneo

Dioneo

18th August 2016

‘Dioneo’ was the nom de plume of Isaak Vladimirovich Shklovsky, a Russian journalist who lived in London from 1896 onwards and from where he became well known for his sketches of British life published in various Russian journals at the time.  A number of these sketches were then subsequently published as books, such as this […]

George Eliot, the first translation

George Eliot, the first translation

19th April 2016

As regular readers here will know, I am always on the lookout for cross-cultural material.  So I was interested in reading two articles on Anglo-German cultural exchange published this week, in The Observer (on Neil MacGregor) and The New Statesman.  In the latter, mention is made of George Eliot and her connection with Germany.  As the article says, […]

Kipling in Russia

Kipling in Russia

28th December 2015

Later this week sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  So much has been written about Kipling, and his books, but there is very little published about his popularity in Russia, which began in the 1890s and continued well into the Soviet era. As far as I can work out, his first appearance […]