Major statements by the celebrated Russian poet Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) about poetry, inspiration, the creative process, and the significance of artistic/literary creativity in his own life as well as in human life altogether, are presented here in his own words (in translation) and are discussed in the extensive commentaries and introduction. The texts range from 1910 to 1946 and are between two and ninety pages long. There are commentaries on all the texts, as well as a final essay on Pasternak’s famous novel, Doctor Zhivago, which is looked at here in the light of what it says on art and inspiration.Although universally acknowledged as one of the great writers of the twentieth century, Pasternak is not yet sufficiently recognized as the highly original and important thinker that he also was. All his life he thought and wrote about the nature and significance of the experience of inspiration, though avoiding the word “inspiration” where possible as his own views were not the conventional ones. The author’s purpose is (a) to make this philosophical aspect of his work better known, and (b) to communicate to readers who cannot read Russian the pleasure and interest of an “inspired” life as Pasternak experienced it.
"A richly contextualized portrait of a key Weimar figure, who deserves to be better known. Easton is a lively writer."—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley "Provocative and original. The Red Count should be welcomed by a growing number of cultural historians interested in reassessing the politics of European modernism and in current debates about the trajectory of German political culture and cultural politics in the decades before the rise of fascism."—Kevin Repp, Yale University "A major addition to understanding the cultural contributions Germany made to the modernist impulse, especially in the years before 1914. Kessler’s numerous activities, as delineated by the author, attest to the cosmopolitanism of many within Germany’s urban, liberal elite. The Red Count is extremely well-written. Easton’s prose is fluid, colorful, and eminently readable. " —Marion Deshmukh, George Mason University
Between 1893 and 1908, composer Arnold Schoenberg created many genuine masterworks in the genres of Lieder, chamber music and symphonic music. Here is the first full-scale account of Schoenberg's rich repertory of early tonal works. 139 music examples. 2 illustrations.