OLESHA, YURI. 1899-1960.
KOZLINSKII, VLADIMIR IVANOVICH, illustrator. 3 tolstyaka. [Three Fat Men.] N.p., 1935.
212 pp. Original decorated white boards designed by V. I. Kozlinskii. Covers soiled with edges rubbed and corners bumped.
FIRST KOZLINSKII EDITION OF THE FIRST REVOLUTIONARY FAIRY TALE. Originally published in 1927 and illustrated by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Olesha's satire for boys and girls tells how a little girl and her friends depose three very fat dictators. While Lunacharsky praised it, others thought it was too sugary a picture of revolution. Stanislavsky staged a dramatization of the story at the Moscow Art Theater in 1930. It remains one of Olesha's most popular works. Kozlinskii is perhaps best remembered for his dynamic agitprop posters for the ROSTA windows he created with V.V. Lebedev. The pictures for 3 tolstayka are his most important book illustrations.