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Osip Mandelstam, who died in 1938 in one of Stalin's labour camps, is one of the greatest poets of this century. Brown's 1978 volume is a very full and important book which tells of Mandelstam's earlier life and gives an introduction to the poetry. Professor Brown tells as much as will probably ever be known about Mandelstam's early life, his studies, his literary ...more
Published October 26th 1973 by Cambridge University Press
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Mar 01, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it weren't for Chapter 9, "The Romance of the Precise," I would have written that Brown's book (1973), surely the first of its kind in English, isn't worth reading today.

Brown gave us, long ago, a rather odd compilation of dry (but worshipful) biographical narrative, chronology, literary criticism - of the effusive sort that I can hardly read - and whatever other papers on the subject of all-things-Mandelstam that happened to be on his desk around 1973, I suspect. All of it entirely supersede
Dec 21, 2011 Tom marked it as to-read
I really like Mandelstam's poetry, but I confess I don't quite know what to make of it. I seem to enjoy it more on an intuitive level and than understand it in any way I could articulate. I'm hoping Brown's famous study will help some in that regard. (He and Merwin have nice translation of M. in NYRB edition.)
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Clarence Brown was born in 1929 in Anderson, South Carolina. He is a retired professor of Russian literature and comparative literature from Princeton University. He has written books of criticism and published several books translated from Russian.
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