Boston: Twayne Pub, 1988.
Hardcover, dust-jacket, 167 pp
Jane Gary Harris's Osip Mandelstam is the first study to integrate the writer's life and work. It is also the first to offer a synthesis of his oeuvre literary prose and critical essays as well as poetry and, in so doing, trace his full intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic development. Harris analyzes each of the major volumes of verse and prose chronologically, providing detailed readings of individual poems and examining the ways in which Mandelstam's prose illuminates his poetry, and vice versa. Harris views the mature poet as a "repository of cultural memory," a perspective that informs and unifies her interpretations of individual works.
About the author:
Jane Gary Harris is a professor of Russian literature and former chairman of the department of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Pittsburgh. She has traveled widely in the Soviet Union during the past twenty-five years.
Her first book on Mandelstam, Osip Mandelstam:
The Complete Critical Prose and Letters, was highly acclaimed both for its critical perspective and for its translations, and received an American Book Award in 1980.