Item #415

The clippings originate from newspapers ‘Pravda’, ‘Krasny Putilovets’, ‘Leningradskaya Pravda’, ‘Pravda Severa’, ‘Bolshevistskaya Borozda’, ‘Sovetskoe Iskusstvo’, ‘Teatr i dramaturgiya’, ‘Separator’, etc. Some of the papers are provincial like the newspaper ‘Podporozhskaya Pravda’ (printed in Podporozhie, a small town close to Finland) or ‘Bolshevistksaya borozda’ (printed in Okulovka near Novgorod).

A lot of the clippings are dedicated to the tour of the theatre in Leningrad in 1931-34. Also with the program of the tour of 1931 with the repertoire in Leningrad. Among the full articles are ‘Meyerhold The Constructor’ by A. Fevralsky; ‘The affection for Meyerhold’ by Yuri Olesha; ‘Vsevolod Meyerhold. 60 years’ by Pudovkin; ‘From Kiu-Siu to Meyerhold’ by Igor Ilyinskiy; the report on the Meyerhold’s trip to England in 1933.

In this selection there are no publications of accusations of the director that has started to appear in 1937 with Meyerhold arrested the same year and the theatre being closed in 1938. However, in the publication from 2/11/1937 in ‘Sovetskoe iskusstvo’ titled ‘Meyerhold na chistke’ [i.e. Meyerhold at the Purge] one could sense the first notes of upcoming aggression, when the journalist ended the article saying «We are certain in M.’s past and present, but we are very uncertain of his future. We are awaiting from him the rapid swift towards the topic of building the socialism, awaiting from him the creation of Magnitstroys of theatre’.

Price: $1,200.00

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