The papers of the writers Leonid Andreev (Andreyev) (1871-1919) – perhaps best known outside Russia for his wonderful Autochrome colour photographs – and Ivan Bunin (1870-1953), the first Russian to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1933) are the two of the Archive’s foundation Russian collections.
Both writers have been the focus of much Leeds-based research and publication activity, including 5 volumes so far of a projected 23-volume critical edition of Andreyev and several volumes of Bunin’s unpublished works, notebooks and correspondence.
Both of the writers are also available in recently published English language translations. Hugh Aplin, held a Leverhulme Trust research post in the Leeds Russian Archive in the 1980s, before becoming Head of Russian at Westminster School, and he has translated many Russian authors for Alma Books, whose founders also have longstanding links with the Archive. So it is very gratifying that these Leeds strands have come together in advance of the centenary of Andreyev’s death in 2019 and the celebration of 150 years since Bunin’s and Andreyev’s births in 2020 and 2021 respectively.