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About the Kuzmin Collection
The Kuzmin Collection presents a set of works by the
Russian writer and composer Mikhail Kuzmin, together with translations,
related materials, and critical commentary.
The purpose of the Kuzmin Collection project is to preserve and present
the complete works of Russian poet, novelist, playwright, composer and
critic Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (1872-1936), both in Russian and in
English translation, in permanent electronic form; to provide
bibliographic access to international Kuzmin scholarship; and to develop
institutional mechanisms to ensure continuing investigation,
translation, and propagation of Kuzmin's work.
John Barnstead of the Department of Russian Studies, Dalhousie University,
author of numerous Kuzmin translations and essays, has developed this
project with the co-operation and encouragement of the Dalhousie
Electronic Text Centre. It has drawn on
the invaluable volunteer resources of Canada World Youth, an organization
which has brought together young people from Canada and the Russian Federation
for information technology internships with the Electronic Text Centre.
The project acknowledges with gratitude the grant support for optical
character recognition software received from the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Table of Contents
Unless otherwise noted, all translations and commentaries on this website are by John Barnstead.
- Kuzmin, An Introductory Essay
- Kuzmin, A Bibliography (English only)
- Essays (English only)
- Fairy Tales (English only)
- Short Stories (English only)
- Novellas (in English translation)
- Travellers by Sea and Land (in English translation)
A 1915 roman à clef presenting in lightly-disguised form figures from the Bohemian society who frequented the cabaret "The Wandering Dog" in Saint Petersburg on the eve of World War I.
- Parabolas/Parables (Russian and English)
A collection of poems published by Petropolis in 1922, this book displays Kuzmin at his most hermetic and recondite.
- Fuji in a Saucer (Russian and English)
Fuji in a Saucer, a poem written by Mikhail Kuzmin in 1917, was inspired
by a print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. The poem and the artwork which inspired it are available here. A related work is also available:
- Another poem inspired by the same image,
by Amy Lowell, written contemporaneously
- Mikhail Kuzmin in the world of music
Mikhail Kuzmin was a student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff and completed
four years of the seven-year program of study at the St. Petersburg
Conservatory. He composed a number of popular songs, including the one
From the "Alexandrian Songs"
The Alexandrian Songs, Kuzmin's early cycle of poems in free verse, has attracted the attention of a number of composers, most notably Anatolii Aleksandrov, a portion of whose setting of "How I love, eternal gods, the beautiful world" is reproduc
- Musical Score (Quicktime)
- Images relating to
Kuzmin and his works
Copyright © 1999-2002 by John Barnstead
To cite these documents:
The Kuzmin Collection. Editor and translator John Barnstead.
14 January 1999. Dalhousie University Electronic Text Centre.
[Date of access] <http://etc.dal.ca/kuzmin/index_std.html>.