Keywords: Catherine II, V. K. Trediakovsky, F. Fenelon, “All sorts of things,” translation, journalism, French treatises.
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Ivinskiy, A. D. “ʽAll Sorts of Things,’ Trediakovsky and ʽFenelon’.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 5, no. 2, 2023, pp. 72–89. (In Russ.)

Author: Alexander D. Ivinskiy
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Aleksandr D. Ivinskiy, 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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Received: April 10, 2023
Approved after reviewing: May 12, 2023
Published: June 25, 2023
Issue: 2023 Volume 5 No. 2
Department: Textual Criticism. Source Study
Pages: 72–89

UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"


This work was carried out at IWL RAS with financial support of the Russian Science Foundation, project no. 23-18-00375 “Russian literature: the problem of multilingualism and back translation” (


The article is devoted to the analysis of V. K. Trediakovsky’s translation of “The True Politics of Noble Persons.” This text, the authorship of which was often attributed to F. Fenelon, influenced the development of Russian literary journalism in 1760–1770s. We show that “All Sorts of Things” (“Vsiakaia Vsiachina”) and the other literary magazines used the key ideas of savoir vivre ideology. At the same time, it was Trediakovsky who was one of the first, back in 1730s, who understood their role in shaping the ideology of absolutism. The new facts and interpretations make it possible to reconsider Trediakovsky’s reputation as a pathetic “buffoon” or even a “fool” of Russian literature, whose works were on the sidelines of the main movement of Russian culture.


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