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Russian Imaginist Poetry

Izbrannoe [Selected poems].

Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, 1922. Small octavo (17 × 12.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 115 pp. About very good; light fraying to spine extremities.

First publication thus of this anthology of poems by Esenin, the scandalous "peasant poet", which includes a selection from the collections "Radunitsa", "Goluben'", "Preobrazhenie", "Tveriadnitsa", "Mret'", and the ballads "Rus'" and "Pantokrator". Esenin, who died three years later, played an active role in editing his own collected works. The first volume of a planned series appeared the same year (1922) in the diaspora publishing house of Zinovii Grzhebin.

Esenin supported the 1917 Revolution and the rise of Bolshevism, but never joined the party, claiming to be further left of it. He had progressively more run-ins with the state toward the end of his life and was found dead in one of the rooms of Hotel Angleterre, at the age of 30, having left as a suicide note the poem “Do svidania, moi drug, do svidania,” written in his own blood. Nevertheless, rumors that his suicide was in fact a murder continue to circulate. The poet published nearly two dozen collections of poems in his ten years of poetic activity

One of 1500 copies printed.

As of November 2022, KVK, OCLC show six copies in North America.

Book ID: 52407

Price: $250.00