New York: Colonial Printing and Publishing, 1937. Large octavo (26.5 × 16.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 48 pp. Lower spine extremity frayed; light soiling and fading to wrapper, still about very good. Item #6628
Published for the 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, this reader is intended for children of the white émigré community in the US. As a “national poet” Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837) had great symbolic significance among the white émigrés, who had to leave Russia fleeing the Bolshevik regime. While the Bolsheviks presented Pushkin as a revolutionary anti-monarchist (because of his early connections with the Decembrists), the émigré intelligentsia emphasized Pushkin as the standard bearer of Russian high culture. Pushkin societies, reading circles and émigré re-publications were especially common, with this publication yet another manifestation of the author’s significance for the community. The author, Timothy Beresney, also published “Elementary Russian” and “Russian Reader and Grammar”, intended to uphold the knowledge and appreciation of the language by the children of the émigré community. KVK, OCLC show copies at Brown, Yale, NYPL, LOC, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Arizona and UCLA.