Pushkin, Literary Criticism, and Creativity in Closed Places

  title={Pushkin, Literary Criticism, and Creativity in Closed Places},
  author={Caryl Emerson},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={653 - 672}
For the Russian-speaking world, the approaching bicentennial of their greatest poet is easily as significant as the new millennium. Precociously gifted, prodigiously restless, Alexander Pushkin was born in Moscow of noble and exotic parentage in 1799, less than a century after Peter the Great had opened his still medieval country to Western Europe. Pushkin's life had little slack in it. Politically suspect and financially strapped for much of his maturity, he married the most beautiful woman in… 

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