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Papers of Dmitry Svyatopolk Mirsky


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Photocopies of articles (including introductions and obituaries) by Dmitry Svyatopolk Mirsky primarily concerning Russian literature, culture and history, with some relating to English literature. There are also a few articles about Mirsky. The articles are mainly in Russian and English with a few in French, German and Italian.

The English-language articles appeared in a number of publications including The Times Literary Supplement, The Contemporary Reivew, The Slavonic Review and The London Mercury. Details of the Russian-language articles are given under the relevant shelfmarks.


  • 1906-1993


0.3 Linear metres (2 physical shelfmarks)

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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and box number, e.g. MS. 12287/1]
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MS. 12287/1-2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12287


Photocopies of articles by Dmitry Svyatopolk, mainly in Russian and English, with some articles about him. Collected by Professor Gerald Smith.

Biographical / Historical

Dmitry Svyatopolk Mirsky (1890-1939) was a Russian scholar who began writing poems and critical articles while at school. From 1921 to 1932 he was lecturer in Russian at the School of Slavonic Studies, King's College, University of London, and during this time published books and articles in English on Russian literature, culture and history. On his return to Russia he worked as a Soviet literary critic until his arrest during the Great Purge. He died in a labour camp in Siberia. See the Dictionary of National Biography.


The papers have been maintained in their original order. Some of the articles are numbered and the numbers are keys to the serial numbers of the relevant items in Nina Lavroukine and Léonid Tchertkov, D.S.Mirsky: Profil critique et bibliographique (Paris: Institut d'Études Slaves, 1980).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Taylor Institution Library by Professor Gerald Smith and transferred to Special Collections in September 2016.
Catalogue of the papers of Dmitry Svayatopolk Mirsky
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom