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The unsolved playwriter. Book Review: Naydenov S.A. Romance with the theater: Plays 1900–1917

I.K. Sushilina, N.Yu. Grigoryev

Naydenov S.A. Romance with the theater : plays, 1900–1917 / Sergei Naydenov ; compilation, text processing and introduction by M.V. Mikhailova with contributions from A.V. Alekseev. — Moscow : Ruthenia, 2020. 640 p. : with illustrations.

ISBN 978-S-604S619-1-1

UDC 82.161.1-2(048)         


Sushilina Irina K.,

Candidate of Philology, Professor of the History and

Theory of Literature Department

Institute of Social Sciences

Russian Academy of National Economy and

Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation


Grigoriev Nikolay Yu.,

Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor of the Journalism and

Editorial and Publishing Technologies Department

Moscow State University of Humanities and Economics



The review analyzes the composition and critical apparatus of the book by S.А. Naydenov “Romance with the theater: plays, 1900–1917” (Moscow: Ruthenia, 2020. 640 p.). It is being noted that the publication of the book actualizes the work of one of the unheralded playwriters of the Silver Age, attracting the attention of readers and researchers to his art. The review emphasizes the scientific thoroughness of the voluminous introduction, where the writer’s work is reviewed in the context of the aesthetic trends of the period, with the involvement of extensive epistolary, memorial and archival materials. The compiler and author of the introduction M.V. Mikhailova made an attempt to introduce new features into the interpretation of Naydenov’s dramaturgical heritage.

Keywords: social problematics, psychologism, interpretation, biographical realities, the search for a new form, tradition.