New and old books about Leskov
January 3, 2014
Recently I’ve been adding to my bibliography of things about Leskov, and here are two that some might find interesting:
- There’s a 2013 dissertation about translating Leskov’s Church Folks (that is, Соборяне, also known as Cathedral Folk, The Cathedral Clergy, and Minster Folk). You can download it here. The really surprising thing is that it’s by Jack Matlock, one of Ronald Reagan’s ambassadors to the Soviet Union, who had a 61-year gap between Master’s and Ph.D.
- In 1977 Hugh McLean was distressed that “even the warmest thaw temperatures” of the Khrushchev era had not allowed a biography of Leskov by Aleksandr Izmailov (1873-1921) to escape the archives. But Izmailov’s Leskov and His Time (Лесков и его время) was finally published in 2011, together with a long-known book on Leskov by Akim Volynskii, as Leskov: A Classic in an Unclassical Light (Лесков: Классик в неклассическом освещении).