My Life for the Book: the Memoirs of a Russian Publisher , written by Ivan D. Sytin

My Life for the Book: the Memoirs of a Russian Publisher , written by Ivan D. Sytin Ivan D. Sytin, My Life for the Book: the Memoirs of a Russian Publisher . Translated, edited, and annotated by Charles A. Ruud and Marina E. Soroka. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012. xlviii, 205 pp. $95.00 (Can). Ivan D. Sytin (1851–1934) was born into the family of a state peasant before the abolition of serfdom in Russia. Despite his poverty and lack of formal education, Sytin rose from his apprenticeship to a minor tradesman in Moscow to become one of the most influential publishers in the empire. Over the course of his career, Sytin engaged with some of late imperial Russia’s most important figures. His memoirs describe interaction with such political personalities as Pobedonostsev, Stolypin, Nicholas II , and Lenin, as well as such literary giants as Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Gorky. He describes Chekhov’s clever strategy of establishing a reactionary Moscow newspaper in order to bypass the censors, and allowing it to fail so that it could then be converted into a progressive publication. Sytin also describes his successful negotiations with the family of Tolstoy to publish the author’s collected works immediately after his death. His memoires express the intense idealism and optimism that animated Russian society in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian-American Slavic Studies Brill

My Life for the Book: the Memoirs of a Russian Publisher , written by Ivan D. Sytin

Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Volume 49 (4): 498 – Jan 1, 2015

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Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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Ivan D. Sytin, My Life for the Book: the Memoirs of a Russian Publisher . Translated, edited, and annotated by Charles A. Ruud and Marina E. Soroka. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012. xlviii, 205 pp. $95.00 (Can). Ivan D. Sytin (1851–1934) was born into the family of a state peasant before the abolition of serfdom in Russia. Despite his poverty and lack of formal education, Sytin rose from his apprenticeship to a minor tradesman in Moscow to become one of the most influential publishers in the empire. Over the course of his career, Sytin engaged with some of late imperial Russia’s most important figures. His memoirs describe interaction with such political personalities as Pobedonostsev, Stolypin, Nicholas II , and Lenin, as well as such literary giants as Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Gorky. He describes Chekhov’s clever strategy of establishing a reactionary Moscow newspaper in order to bypass the censors, and allowing it to fail so that it could then be converted into a progressive publication. Sytin also describes his successful negotiations with the family of Tolstoy to publish the author’s collected works immediately after his death. His memoires express the intense idealism and optimism that animated Russian society in

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