My Half Century: Selected Prose
My Half-Century presents a large collection of the major prose works of the great twentieth century Russian poet, including -- Pages from a Diary, her brilliant shorter pieces About Pushkin, a number of reviews and public addresses including A Word About Dante, a long selection of letters (to Aleksander Blok, Nikolai Gumilyov, Osip and Nadezhda Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, and many others up to Joseph Brodsky), with an afterword (Akmatova's Prose) by Emma Gershtein. The title section, My Half Century, recounts fellow poets and artists Blok, Modigliani, Mandelstam, Gumilyov, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, et al. Also here, Akmatova's illuminating Prose About the Poem, on the genesis of her masterpiece A Poem Without a Hero, ' along with extensive notes and a detailed biographical sketch.
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