BELYI, ANDREI (BORIS NIKOLAEVICH BUGAEV). 1880-1934.
Manuscript, 4 pp, folio, Gete i matematika, [Goethe and Math], n.p., c.1917, in ink and underscored in various color pencils.
The Russian writer Belyi, whom Nabokov thought wrote one of the finest novels of the 20th Century, Petersburg (1913, 1922), was fascinated by the Austrian philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner and his Anthroposophy, a Western application of Theosophy. Steiner worked as an editor at the Goethe Archives in Weimar and wrote influential studies of the great German poet. Belyi became Steiner's disciple while the Goetheanum was being built in Dornach, near Basel, Switzerland. Gete i matematika comprises Bely's analysis of Steiner's work on Goethe probably in preparation for Rudolf Shteiner i Gete v mirovozzrenii sovremennosti (Rudolf Steiner and Goethe from a Contemporary Point of View), 1917.