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
Canadian-American Slavic Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2015
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera