AKHMATOVA, ANNA (ANNA ANDREYEVNA GORENKO). 1889-1966.
Poema bez geroya. [Poem without a Hero.] Leningrad and Tashkent, 1940-1962.
Stapled typed manuscript with corrections in ink, 4to, 19 pp. Minimal wear and soiling; last two pages detached but no loss.
ONE OF THE GREAT WORKS OF MODERN RUSSIAN LITERATURE. An early samizdat draft of Akhmatova's longest work on which she labored between 1940 and 1962. This deeply personal elegiac poem, inspired in part by Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, that touches on history, culture and man's immortality, is among her best known works. She considered Poema bez geroya her most important effort. It speaks of her suffering during the Yakov Agranov terror when her husband the poet Gumilev was arrested and executed and no hero came to the rescue. The notations are mostly words and quotes not in Cyrillic taken from Poe, Hemingway and others.