“He remained a man of the depth…” Dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of V.Ya. Lakshin

Author: korolevaNV / Date: 29-09-2023 /
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“He remained a man of the depth…” Dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of V.Ya. Lakshin
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I.A. Edoshina

The article is written due to the fact that this year is the 90th anniversary of birth and 30th anniversary of death of philologist, literary historian and literary critic V.Y. Lakshin. For this reason, the article has a memorial nature. In this regard, general information is first given: education, places of work, creative interests. The influence of time on the formation of Lakshin’s personality is specially noted: this is both the Great Patriotic War and the Khrushchev Thaw. Universalism of Lakshin’s personality, which manifested itself in his creative activity, is pointed out. Information about the perception of the personality and works by contemporaries are introduced, discrepancies in their assessments are indicated, and, as far as possible, the reasons for these discrepancies are identified. The significance of his critical works is noted, which is recorded in the encyclopedic article. Special attention is paid to his works about life and works by A.N. Ostrovsky. The deep connection of the place of his birth, the profession of his parents with the future interest to the works of Ostrovsky as a theatrical figure is emphasized. It is noted that in articles and books Lakshin used previously unpublished information that he found in the archives. The author emphasizes that under the leadership of Lakshin, a 12-volume collection of playwright’s works was prepared and published, reviews of theatrical reviews are included in the comments. As a result, author of the article dwells on drama of life situation of Lakshin, who did not accept the ideologemes of perestroika and strives to preserve the foundations of the Russian mentality, typical for Ostrovsky’s plays.



Individual work

  1. Solzhenitsyn, A.I. Odin den' Ivana Denisovicha [One day by Ivan Denisovich], in Novyi mir, 1962, no. 11, pp. 8–74.

Collected Works

  1.  Revyakin, A. (ed.) Antologiya krest'yanskoy literatury posleoktyabr'skoy epokhi [Anthology of peasant literature of the post-October era]. Moscow; Leningdad: GIKhL, 1931. 661 p.

3. Kuvaldin, Yu. Lakshin, in Kuvaldin, Yu. Sobranie sochineniy v 10 t., t. 10 [Complete works in 10 vol., vol. 10]. Moscow: Knizhnyy ryad, 2006, pp. 257–274.

4. Lakshin, V.Ya. Ostrovsky (1843–1854), in Ostrovskiy, A.N. Polnoe sobranie sochineniy v 12 t., t. 1 [Complete works in 12 vol., vol. 1]. Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1973, pp. 462–493.

5. Chekhov, A.P. Dom s mezoninom [House with a mezzanine], in Chekhov, А.P. Polnoe sobranie sochineniy v 30 t., t. 9 [Complete works in 30 vol., vol. 9]. Moscow: Nauka, 1997, pp. 174–191.

(Articles from Scientific Journals)

6. Koroleva, I.A. Actual issues of modern philology and journalism, 2020, no. 4, pp. 7–16.

7. Rubtsova, E.V. Baltiyskiy gumanitarnyy zhurnal, 2017, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 155–159.

8. Khosking, Dzh. Voprosy literatury, 2021, no. 3, pp. 13–15.

(Articles from Proceedings and Collections of Research Papers)

9. Kaydash-Lakshina, S.N. Tri «Zagadki Ostrovskogo» Vladimira Lakshina [Three “Mysteries of Ostrovsky” by Vladimir Lakshin], in A.N. Ostrovskiy. Materialy i issledovaniya: Sbornik nauchnykh trudov. Vyp. 2 [A.N. Ostrovsky. Materials and research: Collection of scientific papers. Issue 2]. Shuya: ShPGU, 2008, pp. 53–60.

10. Petrova, I.M. Lakshin, in Kratkaya literaturnaya entsiklopediya v 9 t., t. 4 [Brief literary encyclopedia in 9 vol., vol. 4]. Moscow: Sovetskaya entsiklopediya, 1967, stlb. 1024.

11. Volgin, I.L. Zashchitnik dostoinstva (o V.Ya. Lakshine) [Defender of Dignity (about V.Ya. Lakshana)], in Nezavisimaya gazeta. Exlibris, 2008, no. 25, June 24, p. 4.

12. Edoshina, I.A. Iz istorii ostrovskovedeniya: S.K. Shambinago [From the history of the Ostrovsky studies: S.K. Shambinago], in Shchelykovskie chteniya 2018. Sbornik nauchnykh statey i materialov «A.N. Ostrovskiy i ego nasledie: sud'ba vo vremeni» [Shchelykov Readings 2018. Collection of scientific articles and materials “A.N. Ostrovsky and his legacy: fate in time”]. Kostroma: Avantitul, 2019, pp. 266–282.


13. Ashnin, F.D., Alpatov, V.M. «Delo slavistov»: 30-e gody [“The Case of the Slavists”: 30s]. Moscow: Nasledie, 1994. 286 p.

14. Ginzburg, L.V. «Razbilos' lish' serdtse moe…» [“Only my heart broke....”]. Moscow: Sovetskiy pisatel', 1983. 256 p.

15. Kogan, L.R. Letopis' zhizni i tvorchestva A.N. Ostrovskogo [Chronicle of the life and work of A.N. Ostrovsky]. Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo kul'turno-prosvetitel'skoy literatury, 1953. 408 p.

16. Lakshin, V.Ya. Aleksandr Nikolaevich Ostrovskiy [Alexander Nikolaevich Ostrovsky]. Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1976. 527 p.

17. Lakshin, V.Ya. Pyat' velikikh imen. Stat'i, issledovaniya, esse [Five great names. Articles, research, essays]. Moscow: Sovremennik, 1988. 460 p.

18. Lakshin, V.Ya. «Novyy mir» vo vremena Khrushcheva: Dnevnik i poputnoe [“New World” during the time of Khrushchev: Diary and related]. Moscow, Knizhnaya palata, 1991. 269 p.

19. Lakshin, V.Ya. Teatral'noe ekho [Theatrical echo]. Moscow: Vremya, 2013. 512 p.

(Electronic Resources)

20. Lakshin, V.Ya. Rossiya i russkie na svoikh pokhoronakh [Russia and Russians at their funerals], in Peterburgskiy al'manakh FINBAN, 2017, 28 fevralya. Available at: https://yarcenter.ru/articles/politics/braces/vladimir-lakshin-rossiya-rossiya-i-russkie-na-svoikh-pokhoronakh-1993/ (date of access: May 15, 2023).


Key words: 
V.Ya. Lakshin as a philologist and literary critic, literary critic and publisher of the works of A.N. Ostrovsky, V.Ya. Lakshin in the social and literary process of the XX century
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