Pushkin kak nravstvennaia lichnost' i pravoslavnyi khristianin [Pushkin as a moral individual and an Orthodox Christian ].

Belgrad: Izdanie, 1929. Octavo (19.5 x 13.5 cm). Staple-stitched printed wrappers; [3], 4-24 pp. Very good, trace of small pencil mark on title page and wrappers barely beginning to detach. Item #2556

A surprising treatment of Pushkin as an Orthodox Christian by Antonii, Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia, written while the author was living in emigration in Serbia. Antonii proposes that the extensive literature on Pushkin always avoided the questions of the poet’s faith and instead “tried in every way to expose Pushkin either as a rationalist or a revolutionary, despite the fact that our great writer was the very opposite of these concepts.” The pamphlet sets out to prove this. Mitropolit Antonii (born Aleksei Pavlovich Krapovitsky; 1863-1936) was forced to flee Russia after the Revolution in 1920 and settled in Serbia in 1921. Together with other émigré Bishops of the Orthodox Church, Antonii established an independent administration of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). The administration made a final break with the Russian Metropolitan Sergius in Moscow in 1927, and Antonii became the head of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, retaining this title until his death. Typical of white émigré cultural approach, in this work Antonii sees a synthesis of nationalism and Orthodox Christianity in the work of Russian “national poet.”

Not in the Russian State or National Libraries. KVK, OCLC show print copies at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Syracuse, Pennsylvania, Alberta, UCLA, NRLF and Leeds. A scarce example of emigre Pushkiniana. Not in Filin.