PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH. 1890-1960. Typescript Carbon Signed ("Pasternak" in Cyrillic ) and Inscribed, entitled "Stikhi iz romana v proze" [Poems from a Novel in Prose], 20 pp, small 4to, n.p., 1948,

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PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH. 1890-1960.
Typescript Carbon Signed ("Pasternak" in Cyrillic ) and Inscribed, entitled "Stikhi iz romana v proze" [Poems from a Novel in Prose], 20 pp, small 4to, n.p., 1948,

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PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH. 1890-1960.
Typescript Carbon Signed ("Pasternak" in Cyrillic ) and Inscribed, entitled "Stikhi iz romana v proze" [Poems from a Novel in Prose], 20 pp, small 4to, n.p., 1948, in Russian, being 10 poems included in Doctor Zhivago, original string-bound tan wrappers, one leaf loose.
Provenance: gift from the author to Iuri Aleksandrovich Afanasiev.

WARMLY INSCRIBED ON THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER: "To dear Iuri Aleksandrovich for good memory in wishing a speedy settling of your home life Pasternak 8 March 1948." This signed typescript comprises ten of the 25 "Lara" poems in Pasternak's Nobel Prize winning novel Doctor Zhivago (1957). Pasternak was one of Russia's greatest poets when he conceived his epic tale of the Soviet Union. He worked on the novel for many years (the earliest passages date from the 1910s) and composed the poetry at various intervals during its gestation. For example, "Gamlet" [Hamlet] was written in 1946 while Pasternak was working on his celebrated translation of Shakespeare's drama. The date of the composition of "Vesennyaya rasputitsa" [Spring Thaw] has been given as 1953, but the typed copy of the poem included in this 1948 manuscript compilation proves that it was apparently written with the other poems in 1946 and 1947. Pasternak published "Stikhi iz romana v proze 'Doktor Zhivago'" in Znamya (no. 4, 1954, pp 92-95) prior to their appearance in the book. The poems in this carbon vary only slightly in language, capitalization and layout from those in Doctor Zhivago and appear there as numbers 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 15, 18, 19, 20 and 21. Pasternak instructed his typist Marina Kazimirovna Baranovich to prepare copies of Stikhi iz romana v proze for distribution among friends. Only four other carbon copies of Stikhi iz romana v proze have been located: one inscribed to Olga Petrovska, Sotheby's, Dec 5, 1991, lot 554; a second inscribed to Pasternak's close friend Mikhail Alexandrovich Zenkevich now in a private collection in Russia; a third inscribed to literary historian M. P. Gromov (Pasternak, Polnoe sobranie sochinenii, 9, pp 515-16); and a fourth inscribed on April 10, 1948 to his translator Cecil Maurice Bowra, Collection of Irwin Holtzman, Hoover Institution Archives. Davidson, "Pasternak's Letters to C. M. Bowra 1945-1956" (http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/18792/1/18792.pdf).
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PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH. 1890-1960. Typescript Carbon Signed ("Pasternak" in Cyrillic ) and Inscribed, entitled "Stikhi iz romana v proze" [Poems from a Novel in Prose], 20 pp, small 4to, n.p., 1948,
PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH. 1890-1960. Typescript Carbon Signed ("Pasternak" in Cyrillic ) and Inscribed, entitled "Stikhi iz romana v proze" [Poems from a Novel in Prose], 20 pp, small 4to, n.p., 1948,
PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH. 1890-1960. Typescript Carbon Signed ("Pasternak" in Cyrillic ) and Inscribed, entitled "Stikhi iz romana v proze" [Poems from a Novel in Prose], 20 pp, small 4to, n.p., 1948,
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