[A PROVINCIAL EDITION] Inaya derevnya. Stikhi i poemy 1916-1923 godov [i.e. Another Village. Verses and Poems Written in 1916-1923]
Samara: Samarskiy gubizdat, 1923. Item #1406
82 pp. 17,5x12 cm. In original publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Spine slightly chipped, faded, otherwise very good and clean internally.
Scarce. First edition. 1 of 1,500 copies. K. Avdeev’s ex-libris (designed by artist Likdenbaum) on the verso of the front wrapper.
A collection of verses and poems by one of the most prominent political and literary figures of the Samara Kray Alexei Dorogoychenko (1894-1947). The edition sheds light on the author’s perception of life in the countryside and cities, highlighting the advantages and downsides of both.
Dorogoychenko spent most of his life being caught between Moscow and various villages across the country. After graduating from a two-year school in the village of Bolshaya Kamenka (Samara), Alexei ran away from home at the age of 14 and managed to enter the Rivne Teacher’s Seminary with a full scholarship. In 1912, Dorogoychenko graduated from the seminary and became a folk teacher in the village of Sosnovaya Maza (Saratov province), but a month later he was fired on the denunciation of a local priest. Alexei first published his works in the newspaper Privolzhskaya Pravda [i.e. Privolzhsk Truth] in November 1917 and soon became engaged in the revolutionary movement. After the October Revolution, he was demobilized and returned to Bolshaya Kamenka, where he participated in the organization of Soviet power. In the following years, Alexei relocated to Moscow, where he headed the department of proletarian literature of the Pravda [i.e. The Truth] newspaper and the sub-department of proletarian literature of the People’s Commissariat of Education. In the 1920s, during the most fruitful period of the author’s career, Dorogoychenko published 5 collections of poems, a number of short stories, and several collections of novels.
Worldcat shows 1 copy of the edition at Library of Congress.