Fyodor Tyutchev

Selected Poems

Translated with an Introduction and Notes by John Dewey
Gillingham (Brimstone Press), 2014, xlvi + 140 pp.

ISBN 978-1-906385-43-9
eISBN 978-1-906385-44-6  

Tyutchev PoemsThe lyric verse of FYODOR TYUTCHEV (1803 – 1873), one of the treasures of Russian literature, remains largely unknown in the English-speaking world. This generous new selection of 100 of his poems, in verse translations by John Dewey, offers a rewarding insight into the work of a great poet. The translations are supplemented by an Introduction providing an informative survey of Tyutchev’s life and poetry, and by detailed endnotes on the individual poems.

John Dewey - specialist on Russian poet TyutchevJOHN DEWEY is a writer and translator of Russian literature whose work has been shortlisted or nominated for various awards. His biography Mirror of the Soul: A Life of the Poet Fyodor Tyutchev (see below), was published in 2010 to critical acclaim. His verse translations of Tyutchev have been acknowledged by the critics:

‘Not least impressive are the translations of Tyutchev’s lyrics which, unusually for a book of this kind, give the non-Russian speaker a real sense of the originals’  — Malcolm Jones, Emeritus Professor of Slavonic Studies, University of  Nottingham (reviewing Mirror of the Soul: A Life of the Poet Fyodor Tyutchev)

‘certainly convey to the general reader the thrust of Tiutchev’s poetry and offer an idea of its greatness’ —  Barry P. Scherr,  Slavonic and East European Review 

‘high poetic quality’  — Jessie Davies, Journal of Russian Studies

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A Life of the Poet Fyodor Tyutchev