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The Journal of Literary History and Theory
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“I AM YOUR DEVOTED AND FAITHFUL STUDENT…” (From the Correspondence of Kornei Chukovskii and Nikolai Gudzii. 1943–1963)

Frolov M.A.

Maksim A. Frolov, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher “Literary Heritage” Department, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 25a, Povarskaya Street, 121069, Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9694-6583

Abstract

The publication introduces into scientific circulation the correspondence of K.I. Chukovskii and N.K. Gudzii, which, despite its episodic nature, is documentary evidence of sincere and active human friendship, and has the right to take its modest place in the vast corpus of epistolary heritage of both correspondents, published to date. Chukovskii and Gudzii were connected by a commonality of scientific and literary interests and preferences, as well as a desire to restore the true scale of the personality and activities of representatives of Russian literature and philological science, who were for many years in the shadows or banned. The main topics of correspondence were human destinies and the destinies of the historical and literary works of the participants in this epistolary dialogue. The introductory article briefly outlines and comments on some episodes of communication between Chukovskii and Gudzii, which were not reflected in the published correspondence. The article ends with letters from the widow of the scientist, T.L. Gudzii and Chukovskii, facing each other.

Keywords

K.I. Chukovskii; N.K. Gudzii; L.N. Tolstoy; S.A. Konovalov; W. Whitman; O. Wilde.

Recieved

10.02.2024

Accepted

11.03.2024

For citation

Frolov, M.A. “‘I am your devoted and faithful student…’ (From the Correspondence of Kornei Chukovskii and Nikolai Gudzii. 1943–1963)”. Literaturovedcheskii zhurnal, no. 2(64), 2024, pp. 197–220. (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2024.64.10

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