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Romanov Riches

Russian Writers and Artists Under the Tsars
Volkov, Solomon (Book - 2011)
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In a sweeping cultural history of Russia from the rise of the house of Romanov in 1613 to its downfall at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1917, Solomon Volkov effortlessly unwinds the twisted relationship between art and the royal family.

Throughout the Romanov dynasty, Russia’s greatest artists and thinkers, painters and poets, composers and dancers, served two masters. Devotion to craft—or principle—could never wholly eclipse dependence on the tsars. Similarly, consumers of Russian culture could never respond without political consideration: Volkov recounts how, at the 1836 premiere of Glinka’s opera A Life for the Tsar, fashionable audiences watched Nicholas I in his private box to see how they ought to react. He wept, and they wept accordingly.

In this spellbinding story, we watch the great figures of Russian history clash. Alexei, father of Peter the Great, befriended the writer Avvakum only to banish him; the next tsar, Fedor, had Avvakum burned alive. Using her notorious charms, Catherine the Great masterfully wielded political control over her culture industry. For his part, Pushkin became the first favored artist to resist the tsar’s influence. His poem “To Liberty” is cherished as a revolutionary work of dissent. But even Pushkin’s genius went unspared: Alexander tired of the poet’s literary and amorous freethinking and banished him from St. Petersburg.

Romanov Riches is a work of epic scale that never sacrifices individual characters for broader themes. Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy are presented in a devilishly intricate dance with their royal patrons. A truly essential work for anyone who wants to understand Russia’s passionate devotion to its most important artists, it is the prequel to Volkov’s acclaimed work The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn.

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Analyzes the Russian royal family’s distorted relationship with art throughout three centuries, providing coverage of such topics as how the poet Pushkin shared a power struggle with Alexander I and how Dostoevsky transitioned from a monarchy supporter to the tsarist cause. By the award-winning author of The Magical Chorus.

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Analyzes the Russian royal family's distorted relationship with art throughout three centuries, providing coverage of such topics as how the poet Pushkin shared a power struggle with Alexander I and how Dostoevsky transitioned from a monarchy supporter to the tsarist cause.

Authors: Volkov, Solomon
Statement of Responsibility: Solomon Volkov ; translated from the Russian by Antonina W. Bouis
Title: Romanov riches
Russian writers and artists under the tsars
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xi, 274 p. ; 24 cm.
Sold by: Alfred A. Knopf
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
"Published in ... Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto"--T.p. verso
"Translation is from an unpublished manuscript"--T.p. verso
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Contents: The first Romanovs : from Tsar Mikhail to Peter I
Kantemir, Lomonosov, and Barkov
Catherine the Great and the culture of her era
Paul I and Alexander I; Karamzin and Zhukovsky
Alexander I, Zhukovsky, and young Pushkin
Nicholas I and Pushkin
Lermontov and Bruillov
Gogol, Ivanov, and the end of the Nicholas I era
Alexander II, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky
Herzen, Tolstoy, and the women's issue
Tchaikovsky and homosexuality in imperial Russia
Dostoevsky and the Romanovs
Alexander III, the Wanderers, and Mussorgsky
Nicholas II and Lenin as art connoisseurs
Subject Headings: Russia History 1613-1917 Russia Intellectual life Arts, Russian History Composers Russia Biography Artists Russia Biography Russian literature History and criticism Authors, Russian Biography Russia Kings and rulers Biography Romanov, House of Art patronage Romanov, House of History
Topical Term: Arts, Russian
Composers
Artists
Russian literature
Authors, Russian
LCCN: 2010045132
ISBN: 0307270637
9780307270634
Branch Call Number: 700.947 V
Research Call Number: JFE 11-2132
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