Information about the author:
Elena M. Trubilova, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, А.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6272-474X
Having spent half of his life in exile I.A. Bunin was mostly critical to the representatives of Soviet literature. However, in 1946 two Soviet writers via mail received books with heartfelt autographs from him. The author reveals the reasons for Bunin’s gesture, analyzes the creative interactions between I.A. Bunin and his disciple V.P. Kataev on the one hand, and indirectly between K.A. Fedin who inherited the traditions of classical Russian literature and Bunin as the most prominent representative of it in the 20th century, on the other. It is proved that Fedin, not being personally acquainted with Bunin, had no less right than Kataev to be considered the disciple of Bunin. Materials from the State Museum of K.A. Fedin (Saratov) including materials published for the first time are presented.