Ward, Charles A. Moscow and Leningrad: A Topographical Guide to Russian Cultural History Vol. 2 Writers, Painters, Musicians and Their Gathering Places K. G. Saur Verlag, Munchen, 1992, Hard Cover, , , ISBN 2147483647 , Very Good
ix, 309 pp. index of names, index of topics, maps. Top edge soiled. Vol. 2 only. The first volume deals with architecture, the buildings and their builders; Vol. 2 with the Cultural History. A seemingly exhaustive, fascinating perigrinage. Bookstores Cemeteries, Churches Hospitals Hotels, Journals Museums, Rental Halls, Restaurants, Salons, Circles, Jours fixes, Schools, Theaters and their habituees. 'One notable feature of cultural life in Msocw and Petersburg in the first half of the nineteenth century was the gathering of literary and artistic leaders at salons, circles, and jours fixes. One of the most famous was that of Vladimir Fedorovich Odoevsky, a musician, writer, and music critic. . . . He knew almost everyone in the arts in the capital--writers, poets, composers, performers, men of learning. . . . The Petersburg salon met on Saturdays and was attended by most of the leading names in Russian cultural life--writers Alexander Griboedov, Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, Evgeny Baratynsky, Peter Vyazemsky, Mikhail Lermontov, Lev Tolstoy, Fedor Dostoevsky, Dmitry Grigorovich, Ivan Turgenev, Vissarion Belinsky, Vladimir Sollogub, Evdokia Rostopchina, Peter Pletnev, Andrey Kraevsky, Nikolay Nekrasov, and Ivan Panaev; musicians Mikhael Vielgorsky, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Dargomyzhsky, and Alexander Serov.'
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ONCE more the changed year’s turning wheel returns:
And as a girl sails balanced in the wind,
And now before and now again behind
Stoops as it swoops, with cheek that laughs and burns,—
So Spring comes merry towards me here, but earns
No answering smile from me, whose life is twin’d
With the dead boughs that winter still must bind,
And whom to-day the Spring no more concerns.
Behold, this crocus is a withering flame;
This snowdrop, snow; this apple-blossom’s part
To breed the fruit that breeds the serpent’s art.
Nay, for these Spring-flowers, turn thy face from them,
Nor stay till on the year’s last lily-stem
The white cup shrivels round the golden heart.