TSU philologists published 80 new letters from V.А. Zhukovsky


TSU philologists have published the 15th volume of the Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky collected edition. It includes 355 letters of the great poet to 49 addressees for the years 1795-1817, among whom are close relatives of Zhukovsky – his mother, stepsisters, and nieces; literary friends K.N. Batyushkov, P.A. Vyazemsky, A.F. Voeikov, N.I. Gnedich, G.R. Derzhavin, I.I. Dmitriev, and N.M. Karamzin; and members of the imperial family - Alexander I, Empress Maria Feodorovna, and Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich. More than 80 letters were published for the first time.

The Faculty of Philology is engaged in publishing the complete works of Zhukovsky – this is its attempt to bring together all the creative heritage of the poet and translator. This is a unique case in world practice because usually such work is carried out by academic institutions and not university scientists. Now the group of researchers has already released 14 volumes of essays and diaries; there remain six, which will include about 3,000 letters of Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky. Before the publication of the collected edition, science knew only about 1,000 letters from him.

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