"Laurence Kelly deserves praise and gratitude for producing this book.
"Laurence Kelly deserves praise and gratitude for producing this book. a very good biography, both sensible and elegant. Snow, Financial Times. - Elizabeth Longford, Sunday Times. Lermontov was just one of the literary geniuses produced by Russia, a nation so prolific in stupendous talents over the centuries, but he is one of the least known in the West among ordinary literate people. Truly surprising is that both he and Pushkin died so young in pointless duels which neither of them should have been engaged in.
Kelly argues that Lermontov was in spirit, a Decembrist without December. In the Caucasus, Lermontov mingled with others in exile and he socialised with some of the surviving Decembrists. Kelly does an excellent job of outlining the poisonous system of censorship within Russia, and the key players within the system–Count Benckendorff & General Dubbelt.
Of course, he is assisted by the topic - Lermontov was a brave soldier but a restless mind, skeptical about the monarchy, a painter of merit, and the beloved author not just of significant poetry but of "A Hero of our Time," that first Russian masterpiece of a novel
Poet, cavalry officer, celebrity - Mikhail Lermontov moved in an atmosphere of political intrigue and personal recklessness, producing poetry considered second only to Pushkin's in Russian literature and a career which has often.
Poet, cavalry officer, celebrity - Mikhail Lermontov moved in an atmosphere of political intrigue and personal recklessness, producing poetry considered second only to Pushkin's in Russian literature and a career which has often been compared to Byron's. Between the salons and palaces of St Petersburg and the savage splendour of the Caucasus - his "country of marvels" - Lermontov lived his brief life without compromise.
Items related to Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus ""Laurence Kelly deserves praise and gratitude for producing this book.
Items related to Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus. Laurence Kelly Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus. ISBN 13: 9780094617100. Laurence Kelly was a senior associate member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Laurence Kelly offers both perceptive literary analysis and brilliant detective work on Lermontov's life and death.
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Laurence Kelly, Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus (1977, reissued 1983), is a detailed biography. Shorter biographical sketches are found in the works of literary criticism, such as John Mersereau, Mikhail Lermontov (1962); Janko Lavrin, Lermontov (1959); . Eikhenbaum, Lermontov: A Study in Literary-Historical Evaluation (1981); and John Garrard, Mikhail Lermontov (1982), which discuss both the romantic poetry and prose of the writer.
Laurence Kelly (born 1933) is an English writer. He won the Cheltenham Prize for Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus. He was born in Brussels, the son of a diplomat father Sir David Kelly and his wife Marie Noele (nee de Vaux). He was educated at Downside and New College, Oxford where he got a scholarship to study history. He first visited Moscow in 1950, where his father was serving as the British ambassador. Serving in the Life Guards, he learnt Russian and became an army interpreter. He was married to the historian Linda Kelly who died in 2019.