Handbook of Russian Literature

Victor Terras

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This first encyclopedia of its kind in English covers ten centuries of Russian literature and includes nearly 1,000 entries by leading scholars.  It will be an indispensable guide for students or the general reader.
“The Handbook is an Eden for browsers… a dependable, illuminating guide.”—Robert Taylor, Boston Globe
“A comprehensive survey in one volume of one of the world’s richest national literatures.  The volume includes entries on authors, genres, literary movements, and period studies, together with reviews of notable journals.  The lengthiest entries run to more than 6,000 words, the shortest have been kept to a single paragraph, giving the book value both for ready reference and as a collection of history and criticism.”—Booklist
“The achievement here is grand, the knowledge collected invaluable.”—Theoharis C. Theoharis, Christian Science Monitor
“A vast and informative compilation…. The magnificent panorama of Russian literature accumulatively unfolds, from its ancient folklore and earliest written texts… to our present century’s structuralism, modernism, and socialist realism.”—Gordon McVay, Times Higher Education Supplement
“For anyone interested in Russian literature, this new Handbook is the single most useful book to own.”—J. Thomas Shaw, Slavic and East European Journal
“An indispensable source of concise information for all students of literature for years to come.”—Ray Parrott, Philological Quarterly

"Probably the first English-language guide to Russian literature, Handbook is a heroic effort, containing entries on every author I've ever encountered from what is now the USSR."—Kliatt

"In the short time since the Handbook was published, the volume has acquired the status of an indispensable and authoritative work. . . . An important and useful contribution to scholarship."—David Lowe, Russian Literature TriQuarterly

"Victor Terras, the eminent Dostoevsky scholar, has assembled 107 contributors mainly from the United States and compiled a Handbook Of Russian Literature of unrivaled scope.  It not only provides entries on individual authors but also discusses fully and critically topics such as criticism, literary scholarship, the short story, and the novel.  It will be indispensable to every student of Russian literature." —Rene Wellek
 

"The combined effort of more than 100 contributors, for the most part American scholars, this handbook is a comprehensive survey in one volume of one of the world's richest national literatures.  The volume includes entries on authors, genres, literary movements, and period studies, together with reviews of notable journals.  The lengthiest entries run to more than 6,000 words, the shortest have been kept to a single paragraph, giving the book value both for ready reference and as a collection of history and criticism.  As a single-volume reference, the Handbook provides easy access to a wealth of material."—Booklist
 

"A valuable resource for students, scholars, and general readers. . . . The Handbook's comprehensive scope and lucid, informative style make it an essential acquisition for academic and appropriate general reference collections."—Library Journal

"A gold mine of information on Russians literature is contained n The Handbook of Russian Literature. . . .This exhaustive work, to which 106 scholars contributed nearly 1,000 articles, covers not only every writer of any importance, but important literary forms and devices ('Onegin strophe,' 'Isocolon'), important movements and associations ('Left art,' 'Decembrism'), publishers and periodicals ('Musaget,' 'Na postu') and collections of works ('Songbooks,' 'Pamyat' ').  The work contains an index and a bibliography that lists reference books in several categories:  general works, comprehensive works on Russian literature, archives and libraries, bibliographic works arranged by period, anthologies of Russian literature by category (folklore, science fiction, Soviet, and so on), history of the literature, literary theory and criticism, and encyclopedias and dictionaries of literature."—AB Bookman's Weekly

"Like the Viking "Portable," the Handbook aims at the general reader, a collective venture by 106 specialists under the astute editorial guidance of Victor Terras of Brown University.  Nothing like it exists in English. . . .The Handbook is an Eden for browsers. . . . A dependable, illuminating guide."—Robert Taylor, Boston Globe

"A fine piece of work, excellent in its conception and outstanding in its execution.  It is a verbal photograph of the contributions made by two generations of American scholars to the study of what may well be the most attractive part of Russian culture:  Russian literature."—Edgar H. Lehrman, St. Louis Post Dispatch

"This excellent handbook is one of those rare compilations that really deserve that overworked description, beloved of publishers, 'an indispensable guide.' Not only does it contain useful biographical notes on almost very Russian writer one could think of but also a series of informative and thoughtful essays on literary groups and on themes such as the Russian novel and more general intellectual movements like Slavophilism."—Guardian

"The evidence is here that we have an accomplished, gigantic task, bringing together 106 outstanding scholars writing nearly 1,000 entries covering 10 centuries of Russian literature, culture, and criticism. With its extensive bibliography, reference librarians will find the book a 'must buy.' Let any reader of literary curiosity turn its pages, however; pleasure and increasing insight are assured."—Antioch Review

 "The achievement here is grand, the knowledge collected invaluable."—Theoharis C. Theoharis, Christian Science Monitor

"A much more comprehensive, reliable and readable companion to a national literature than any other English language one known to me."—Bob Marshall, Bookseller

"A vast and informative compilation. . . . The magnificent panorama of Russian literature accumulatively unfolds, from its ancient folklore and earliest written texts . . . to our present century's structuralism, modernism and socialist realism. . . . An invaluable reference work for specialists and non-specialists alike."—Gordon McVay, Times Higher Education Supplement

"The finest of its kind that I have seen in any language, including Russian."—Michael Heim, Los Angeles Times

"A truly unique work. . . . Useful for undergraduates, Slavic scholars, and scholars interested in comparative literature. Strongly recommended for both public and academic libraries."—Choice

"This formidable volume, approaching a million words in length, is a product of, and a tribute to the vast industry of Russian studies in the United States."—D.M. Thomas, Literary Review

"A detailed one-volume dictionary of Russian literature in English is a very welcome addition to the existing corpus of reference works, most especially to those who do not read Russian, but also to readers directly engaged in some sphere of Russian studies.  The present volume admirably succeeds in providing a succinct, yet largely comprehensive guide to both pre and post-revolutionary Russian literature.  Compiled by more than one hundred scholars, many of whom are noted specialists in the areas of their contributions, it represents a tremendous feat of scholarly cooperation. . . . The book unquestionably deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone with a serious interest in Russian literature."—Margaret Ziolkowski, Rocky Mountain Review

"It is an essential resource for any library, teacher, or student with an interest in literature."—Jean Rainwater, Renaissance Quarterly

"For any English-speaking person interested in Russian literature, Victor Terras and 106 contributing scholars have produced this excellent, alphabetically arranged handbook covering authors, critics, theorists, genres, literary movements and styles, journals, newspapers, publishers, organizations, etc....Whether one is interested in 11th-century Russian hagiography or in Solzhenitsyn, this unique authoritative handbook is the place to start."—James R.  Kuhlman, American Libraries

"For anyone interested in Russian literature, this new Handbook is the single most useful book to own...The Handbook admirably fulfills the function of presenting today's level of knowledge on the various things listed in it, and in a form accessible not only to the student or the scholar but also the general reader."—J. Thomas Shaw, Slavic and East European Journal

"An indispensable source of concise information for all students of literature for years to come. . . . This encyclopedic venture deserves high praise for the veritable mine of information it makes available to both the simply curious and the serious student of literature.  It is a definite boon to the advancing study of the intellectual and aesthetic values and accomplishments of Russian and Soviet literary culture.  It should find a permanent home on the shelves of general and research libraries, as well as in the collections of area students and specialists."—Ray Parrott, Philological Quarterly
 

"The experienced professional . . . needs a one-volume encyclopedia to which he can turn confident that he will find there a concise survey of some particular subject or some fact, name or date.  Professor Terras' Handbook of Russian Literature is such a general one-volume reference book."—Jekaterina Young, Scottish Slavonic Review
ISBN: 9780300048681
Publication Date: July 25, 1990
580 pages, 8 1/2 x 11