- Jelagin, Juri [Elagin, IUrii, 1910-]; trans. Nicholas Wreden
Taming of the Arts
E. P. Dutton, New York, 1951, Cloth, , , Good /No Jacket
333 p. A damp stain at bottom corner, not affecting text, a reading copy. 'Juri Jelagin's testimony stands almost alone as a book of personal reminiscences about a later crucial decade, 1930-40, in which an artist, in this case a musician, observed and experienced the impact of the Soviet policy of the gradual extermination of the arts . . .'--Hubert Creekmore, The Nation, June 02, 1951. This fascinating account of ten years in the Moscow art scene is replete with anecdotes about many historic musicians and thespians and despots. A partial list: Bulgakov, Shostakovich, Vakhtangov, Nikolai Akomov, Maxim Gorki, Karl Radek, Marina Semionova, David Oystrakh, Sergei Prokofief, Nikolai Sizov, Dmitri Kabalevski, Tikhon Krennikov, Yuri Shaporin, Nikolai Miaskovski, Stanislavski, Aleksei Tolstoy. Chapter XVII, 'New Year's Eve in the Kremlin,' is not to be missed.