Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 575–591
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Research Article
Funder: Russian Science Foundation
Funder – grant number: 17-18-01410-P
Collection: I.A. Bunin and his Time: Context of Life — History of Work
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Sergey N. Morozov
Morozov, S.N. “The History of Text of Ivan Bunin’s Short Story ‛Dreams’.” I.A. Bunin and His Time: Context of Life — History of Work. Ex. eds. T.M. Dvinyatina and S.N. Morozov; Eds. A.V. Bakuntsev and E.R. Ponomarev. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021, pp. 575–591. (In Russ.)

About the author:

Sergey N. Morozov, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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The research was carried out at the A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the financial support of the Russian Science Foundation (project No. 17-18-01410-P “Academic Bunin. Source studies, textual criticism, methodology”)


The study of the textology of Ivan Bunin’s prose is just beginning. A number of scientific papers have already been published in this important and vital area of research. This paper examines the history of the text of the story “Dreams” by Ivan Bunin. All nine lifetime publications of this work have been collected, studied, and consistently verified. Identified discrepancies are selectively presented (abbreviations, corrections, and additions). As a result of a textual work, three editions of the story “Dreams” were identified: pre-revolutionary edition, popular and late publication. The problem of choosing the main text of this story in the future academic Complete works of the writer is analyzed. A solution to this problem is proposed based on the general principle of choosing the main text in Bunin’s prose that has already been developed.

Keywords: Ivan Bunin, the story “Dreams”, textology, dating, text history.