Nikolay Nekrasov (1821-1878)
The collection is devoted to the 200th anniversary of Nikolay Nekrasov (1821-1877), a Russian poet, prose writer and publicist. It features his works, documents about his life and career, studies of oeuvre, almanacks and magazines, edited by Nekrasov, and other materials.
The collection opens with the section Biographical materials, which provides information about the life and work of Nekrasov. In particular, it promotes the book Nikolay Nekrasov in the Memoirs of Contemporaries, Letters and Uncollected Works, Composed by Ch. Vetrinsky (Vasily Cheshikhin) (1911).
The section Oeuvre reflects the variety of Nekrasov's literary activities. During his studies at the university, the poet became close to the circle of Vissarion Belinsky. In cooperation with Belinsky, he became a successful publisher. He edited almanacks that published debut works by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dmitry Grigorovich, Ivan Turgenev, Alexander Herzen, Apollon Maikov and other young authors. The collection contains the first anthology The Physiology of St. Petersburg (1845), edited by Nikolay Nekrasov. Their literary partnership and joint publishing activities continued until Belinsky's death in 1848.
On January 1, 1847, Nekrasov became a co-owner of the Sovremennik magazine. The collection includes the first issues of the magazine for 1847 under his editorship; issues of 1862, before the cessation of the publication for 8 months; The Case of the Cessation of the Publication of the Sovremennik and Russkoe Slovo Magazines within Eight Months... (1862), casting a light on the reasons for the temporary closure of the magazine; and numbers for 1866, published before the final closure. The magazine was closed after the attempt on the emperor's life: during a search of the house of Dmitry Karakozov, who shot at Alexander II. The issue of Sovremennik was found among other magazines.
The section Memory of N. A. Nekrasov presents images of the monument to the poet in Yaroslavl, museums in St. Petersburg, Chudovo in Novgorod Region and the village of Karabikha in Yaroslavl Region, the former estates of Nikolay Nekrasov.
The collection involves materials from the Fundamental Library of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Russian State Historical Archives, Scientific Library. Maxim Gorky St. Petersburg State University, the Zonal Scientific Library of the Ural Federal University, the Children's Postcard Museum, private collections and other sources.