PASTERNAK, BORIS. 1890-1960.
Doktor Zhivago. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1959. Thick 8vo. Original orange cloth. Hinges cracked, minor sun and shelf-wear, ownership inscription, some small stains to fore-edge.
FIRST AUTHORIZED RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE EDITION of one of the most controversial works of Soviet literature. The book was submitted to Novy Mir in 1956 and accepted, but at the last moment its publication was reconsidered. Instead, the first edition was the Italian translation published by Feltrinelli in 1957. English-language editions appeared in 1958. Pasternak then won the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1958 ("for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition"), and the USSR was shamed into authorizing an edition.