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Two-Volume Anthology of Georgian Women Writers

ქართველ მწერალ ქალთა ალმანახი, e.g. Kartvel mts’eral kalta almanakhi [Anthology of Georgian women writers], vols. I and II (all published).

Tbilisi, 1925-1926. Large octavos (26 × 17 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 126 and 201, [1] pp. Portraits. Private bookplate to front wrapper verso; wrappers with recent spine repair; light overall wear and creasing to wrappers; still good or better.

Scarce anthology of Georgian women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which include texts by and biographies, as well as several portraits, of writers such as Daria Akhvlediani (1873-1941), Anastasia Tumanishvili-Tsereteli (1849-1932), Elene Mamatsashvili, Safo Mgeladze (1894-1936), Anastasia Eristavi-Khoshtaria (1868-1951), Ekaterine Meshkhetian (1854-1928), Nino Nakashidze (1872-1963), and many others. The second volume has the added title "P'lebeis kali" (Plebeian women). Many of the women led remarkably active and productive lives in the spheres of pedagogy, politics, women's organizing, such as suffragist and feminist activism, in addition to producing large bodies of work. A number of them appear to have fallen victim to the Stalinist repressions of the 1930s and many names are not encountered in English overviews of the subject.

The anthology was edited by Ioseb Grishashvili (born Mamulaishvili, 1889–1965), the Georgian poet and literary historian whose early poems were inspired by symbolism as well as more radical stylistic leanings. He was briefly associated with the Kutaisi branch of the "Blue Horn" group, but quickly reverted to his more robustly proletarian origins and interests. Among other things, he was a compiler and editor of Georgian folk bards, known as ashugs.

Published in print runs of 1500 copies. As of December 2020, no copies traced via KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 51147