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Esenin

17th June 2006

Dear All
Just a reminder for the next lecture which will be in Russian.

Best wishes
Ute

Wednesday 21 June 2006, at the Cardinal Inn, 23 Francis Street London SW1P
1DN at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.

“Sergei Esenin – the death of a poet”
Dr. Lyudmila Matthews (in Russian)
Assisted by Dr. David Matthews
In the Chair: Dr David Brummell CB

This lecture commemorates the 80th anniversary of the death of Sergei
Esenin. Esenin was one of the most dynamic poets of the 20th century. In
Western Europe and America, however, he was mostly known as the young
husband of the eccentric American dancer Isadora Duncan. Esenin’s
turbulent life was expressed in his poetry, which was banned in the USSR
for over 25 years. “An ardent and handsome revolutionary, who did not
join the Bolshevik Party because he regarded it as not sufficiently
leftist. He was all the rage, and everything he did and said was outré.
Esenin is alleged to have written a farewell poem in his own blood, and to
have hanged himself. His death sparked off many other suicides, bringing
to an end the romantic revolutionary period”. (With acknowledgements to
Dr. Martin McCauley’s Who’s Who in Russia since 1900). Since 1955 more
than 150,000 copies of his collections of verse have been printed. His
tragic death in 1925 at the age of 30, caused unlimited speculation. Was
it suicide or murder? The lecture in RUSSIAN will be followed by a
selection of Esenin’s verse in Russian, also accompanied by David and
Lyudmila’s English translation.

Dr. Lyudmila Matthews graduated from Kiev University where she taught
English. Received her PhD from Moscow, and was then made Reader in
English at Kiev University. Taught Russian in India for 2 years, where
she met her future husband David (from England) who was conducting
research on medieval Indian manuscripts. It took them 6 years to get
permission to marry. Dr. David Matthews has been a lecturer at the School
of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), university of London for some 35
years. In 1985 Lyudmila arrived in London and taught Russian at SSEES and
later at Communicaid. They are both members of the Union of Translators
of Russia.

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