Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 170–199
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
Collection: Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Alla A. Nikolaeva
Nikolaeva, A. A. “‘...All the Brief Things That I Can Say about Myself ’: the Features of S. A. Esenin’s Autobiographies.” Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch: Сollective Мonograph. Ex. ed. Natalia I. Shubnikova- Guseva. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021, pp. 170–199. (In Russian)

About the author:

Alla A. Nikolaeva, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, Scientific Seсretary of the Esenin Group, А. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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The article is devoted to the content and stylistic features of S. A. Esenin’s autobiographies. The researcher proves that in five autobiographies, three autobiographical sketches, as well as in the autobiography written by I. N. Rozanov from the words of the poet (February 26, 1921) Esenin appears to readers in the image of a famous talented folk poet, a native of the peasant environment. Despite the fact that Esenin presents life events in autobiographies of different years in different ways (depending on the purpose and time of writing the text), they contain a description of the main episodes for understanding the poet’s work. Stylistically all Esenin’s autobiographies are distinguished by laconicism. At the same time, deviating from the “questionnaire” style, the poet adds detailed descriptions of childhood to the text, comments on certain moments of life, explains views on art or politics. That facts bring the texts of his autobiographies closer to fiction, journalistic and literary critical prose.

Keywords: S. A. Esenin, autobiography, creative biography, Russian literature.