Keywords: V. Palievsky, L. N. Tolstoy, A. N. Tolstoy, Peter I, T. I. Polner, artistic episode.
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Kovaleva, G. N. “P. V. Palievsky as My First Reader.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 5, no. 2, 2023, pp. 198–205. (In Russ.)

Author: Galina N. Kovaleva
Information about the author:

Galina N. Kovaleva, 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: March 01, 2023
Approved after reviewing: April 23, 2023
Published: June 25, 2023
Issue: 2023 Volume 5 No. 2
Department: To the 90th Birthday of Pyotr Vasilievich Palievsky
Pages: 198–205

UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"


The article is devoted to memories of P. V. Palievsky’s role in the preparation by its author of the unfinished novel by L. N. Tolstoy from Peter the Great’s era for the Complete works of the writer. Comparison of the episode about Prince V. V. Golitsyn from L. N. Tolstoy’s unfinished novel with an episode of the same content from A. N. Tolstoy’s novel “Peter the Great” reveals correspondences and parallels between the two episodes. It gives every reason to conclude that the episode about Prince V. V. Golitsyn from L. N. Tolstoy’s work is a literary source of an episode from A. N. Tolstoy’s novel. The article establishes the source of A. N. Tolstoy’s acquaintance with the rough fragments of his predecessor’s work, that is their publication, carried out in 1925 by T. I. Polner in one of the emigrant publications in Prague. The role of P. V. Palievsky in this discovery lies primarily in the proposal to the author of the article to search for points of convergence between the novels of the two Tolstoys about the first Russian emperor and his time.


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