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Teffi : a life of letters and of laughter / Edythe Haber.

By: Haber, Edythe C [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2019Copyright date: �2019Description: xvi, 288 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781788312585; 1788312589.Subject(s): T�effi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952 | T�effi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952 | Women authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography | Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography | Authors, Russian | Women authors, Russian | 1900-1999Genre/Form: Biography.DDC classification: 891.7/33092 | B Summary: "Teffi was one of twentieth century Russia's most celebrated authors. Born Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya in 1872, she came to be admired by an impressive range of people-- from Tsar Nicholas II to Lenin-- and her popularity was such that sweets and perfume were named after her. She visited Tolstoy when she was 13 to haggle with him about the ending of 'War and Peace' and Rasputin tried (and utterly failed) to seduce her. After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 she was exiled and lived out her days in the lively Russian �emigr�e community of Paris, where she continued writing, and enjoying comparable fame, until her death in 1952. Teffi's best stories effortlessly shift from light humor and satire to pathos and even tragedy-- ever more so when depicting the daunting hardships she and her fellow �emigr�es suffered in exile"-- Provided by publisher.
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Teffi was one of twentieth century Russia's most celebrated authors. Born Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya in 1872, she came to be admired by an impressive range of people - from Tsar Nicholas II to Lenin - and her popularity was such that sweets and perfume were named after her. She visited Tolstoy when she was 13 to haggle with him about the ending of War and Peace and Rasputin tried (and utterly failed) to seduce her. After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 she was exiled and lived out her days in the lively Russian émigré community of Paris, where she continued writing - and enjoying comparable fame - until her death in 1952.

Teffi's best stories effortlessly shift from light humour and satire to pathos and even tragedy - ever more so when depicting the daunting hardships she and her fellow émigrés suffered in exile. While best known for her stories and feuilletons, she also moved over to other genres, from serious poetry to theatrical miniatures and even music, and inhabited an extraordinary range of spheres connected to both high and popular culture.

In the first biography of her in any language, Edythe Haber here brings Teffi - who has recently been 'rediscovered' in the West to resounding acclaim - to life. Teffi's life and works afford a unique panoramic view of the cultural world of early twentieth century Russia, from the debauchery of the Silver Age to the terror and euphoria of revolution, and of interwar Russian emigration. But they also offer fresh insights into the seismic events - from the 1905 Russian Revolution and World War II to life as a refugee - that she experienced first-hand and recreated in her vivid, penetrating, moving and witty writing.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-279) and index.

"Teffi was one of twentieth century Russia's most celebrated authors. Born Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya in 1872, she came to be admired by an impressive range of people-- from Tsar Nicholas II to Lenin-- and her popularity was such that sweets and perfume were named after her. She visited Tolstoy when she was 13 to haggle with him about the ending of 'War and Peace' and Rasputin tried (and utterly failed) to seduce her. After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 she was exiled and lived out her days in the lively Russian �emigr�e community of Paris, where she continued writing, and enjoying comparable fame, until her death in 1952. Teffi's best stories effortlessly shift from light humor and satire to pathos and even tragedy-- ever more so when depicting the daunting hardships she and her fellow �emigr�es suffered in exile"-- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Plates (p. ix)
  • Notes on the Text (p. xiii)
  • Acknowledgements (p. xv)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 "An Interesting Bunch": Family Background and Early Years (p. 5)
  • 2 Literary Beginnings, 1898-1908 (p. 21)
  • 3 Ascent, 1908-15 (p. 46)
  • 4 Feasts and Plagues, 1910-16 (p. 66)
  • 5 A Farewell to Russia, Past and Future, 1915-19 (p. 81)
  • 6 Migration, 1919-24 (p. 99)
  • 7 Russia Abroad, 1924-31 (p. 120)
  • 8 A Slippery Slope, 1931-6 (p. 144)
  • 9 Tenderness and Angst, 1936-8 (p. 158)
  • 10 Zigzags in Life and Art, 1938-9 (p. 167)
  • 11 War and Its Aftermath, 1939-46 (p. 175)
  • 12 Struggle and Perseverance, 1946-51 (p. 195)
  • 13 Last Works, Last Days, 1952 (p. 210)
  • Epilogue: Life After Teffi (p. 225)
  • Notes (p. 229)
  • Select Bibliography and Further Reading in English (p. 277)
  • Index (p. 281)

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Punctuating a lengthy career as a scholar of Russian literature of the silver age, Haber (emer., Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) has produced a masterful and overdue biography of Nadezhda Aleksandrovna (1872--1952), who wrote under the pseudonym Teffi for the better part of five decades and was a contemporary of such celebrated Russian writers as Leonid Galich, Ivan Bunin, and Fyodor Sologub. As Haber demonstrates, Teffi's innate talent as a writer and her penchant for associating with influential avant-garde artists and thinkers propelled her to the highest echelons of cultural celebrity in the heady years between the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Teffi fled Russia in 1918 and eventually settled in Paris, where she remained a prominent member of the Russian émigré community until her death. Haber's reconstruction of Teffi's complex and frequently bittersweet life is meticulously researched and engagingly narrated and interspersed with snippets of her wide-ranging correspondence. Readers unfamiliar with the cultural landscape of pre-Soviet Russia will find Galina Rylkova's The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Russian Silver Age and Its Legacy (CH, Jul'08, 45-6051) a helpful complement to Haber's biography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Derek C. Maus, State University of New York College at Potsdam