Bystr’. Monologicheskaia drama [Rapids. A monological drama].

Moscow, “Pleiady”, 1916.

8vo, pp. 40; in the original green printed wrappers, stain to lower cover, chipped and professionally restored.


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First edition: a verse drama from the radical young writer. One of 500 numbered copies. During his career, Shershenevich (1893–1942) was influenced in turn by futurism, imagism, and symbolism but ‘in its essentials his poetry did not change with his allegiance to new groups. He always expressed both the angry resentment of the avant-gardist and a lonely sense of alienation from society’ (Bristol, p. 245).

Getty 708; Tarasenkov p. 414. OCLC records copies at Yale, Columbia, Harvard, the Getty Center, and Stanford.

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