The Resource The Wives

The Wives

Label
The Wives
Title
The Wives
Statement of responsibility
Alexandra Popoff
Title variation
wives
Title variation remainder
the women behind Russias literary giants
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An "intriguing collection of biographies of six extraordinary women . . . Fascinating proof that being a writer's wife is a profession in itself" (Kirkus Reviews). "Behind every good man is a good woman" is a common saying, but when it comes to literature, the relationship between spouses is even that much more complex. F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and D. H. Lawrence used their marriages for literary inspiration and material, sometime at the expense of their spouses' sanity. Thomas Carlyle wanted his wife to assist him, but Jane Carlyle became increasingly bitter and resentful in her new role, putting additional strain on their relationship. In Russian literary marriages, however, the wives of some of the most famous authors of all time did not resent taking a "secondary position," although to call their position secondary does not do justice to the vital role these women played in the creation of some of the greatest literary works in history. From Sophia Tolstoy to Véra Nabokov, Elena Bulgakov, Nadezdha Mandelstam, Anna Dostevsky, and Natalya Solzhenitsyn, these women ranged from stenographers and typists to editors, researchers, translators, and even publishers. Living under restrictive regimes, many of these women battled censorship and preserved the writers' illicit archives, often risking their own lives to do so. They established a tradition all their own, unmatched in the West. Many of these women were the writers' intellectual companions and made invaluable contributions to the creative process. And their husbands knew it. Leo Tolstoy made no secret of Sofia's involvement in War and Peace in his letters, and Vladimir Nabokov referred to Véra as his own "single shadow."
Summary
Discusses the lives of six wives who were married to famous Russian authors, describing their dedication to their husbands' careers and the hardships they endured under the repressive policies of Russian regimes
Writing style
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10144529
Cataloging source
BT
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Popoff, Alexandra
Dewey number
809
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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the women behind Russia's literary giants
Label
The Wives
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:06f555e9-c0d6-4afc-b75c-78ac0eb1ca34
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781453249413
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Wives
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:06f555e9-c0d6-4afc-b75c-78ac0eb1ca34
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781453249413
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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