Emelyan Pugachev, Sergei Esenin, Hagberg Wright and The London Library

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Portrait of Sergei Esenin and his signature in a picture frame; transferred from ru.wikipedia; PD-RUSSIA-2008

Among other treasures, The London Library holds a copy of the original manuscript (partly handwritten and partly in typescript) of one of Sergei Esenin’s most famous works, the poem “Pugachov”, a short drama in verse. Another version of this manuscript is held by the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, but the London version must be the latest, as it contains few corrections and matches word for word the final version as it was published in 1921-1922. In 1934, the manuscript was acquired by a connoisseur of Russian Literature Charles Hagberg Wright, the Librarian of the London Library at that time…

Read more about this fascinating story in Claudia Ricci’s blog post A Mysterious Manuscript

 

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