Moscow: Izdanie "Nauchnago slova", 1911. Large octavo (25 × 17 cm). Original wrappers; , II-L, , 265, +  pp. publisher's ads. With eighteen plates of portraits on coated paper. Signed and inscribed by the author (undated), with a pen correction also in the author's hand to the publisher's announcement for volume 3. Moisture stain to margin of last twenty pages; wrappers with very minor wear and chipping (in additional protective wrapper); very occasional pencil underlining.
Trained as a philosopher, Iulii Aikhenval'd (1872-1928) was a highly influential Russian literary critic of the Silver Age as well as the early emigration, whose reviews and lectures were known for their remarkable breadth of knowledge. He was best known for his oft-reprinted, three-volume Silhouettes of Russian Writers (first published in 1906), which rejected psychological and historical approaches to literary studies, instead advancing the significance of the individual authorial persona. It contained articles, significantly revised, originally published in "Russkie vedomosti," "Rechi," and other newspapers and periodicals. Unable to reconcile his stance with the consequences of the October Revolution, Aikhenvald was arrested and exiled in 1922 on the famous "Philosophers' ship," which deported other known intellectuals, such as Nikolai Berdyaev and Sergei Bulgakov. He settled in Berlin, where he continued to write actively for numerous emigre publications. This volume contains essays on Batiushkov, Krylov, Pushkin, Gogol', Tiutchev, Garshin, Chekhov and many others.
Book ID: P002376