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Who Wrote That?Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov$
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Donald Ostrowski

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749704

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749704.001.0001

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Did Mikhail Sholokhov Write The Quiet Don?

Did Mikhail Sholokhov Write The Quiet Don?

(p.209) Chapter 9 Did Mikhail Sholokhov Write The Quiet Don?
Who Wrote That?
Donald Ostrowski
Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the novel “The Quiet Don” and the controversy over its authorship. It briefly recounts some of the relevant events of World War I, the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the Russian Civil War. The chapter focuses on Soviet writer Mikhail Sholokhov who was awarded by the Nobel Committee in 1945 for the literature prize on his magnum opus, the four-volume The Quiet Don. It also looks into the initial claim that Sholokhov stole the book manuscript for The Quiet Don in a map case that belonged to a White Guard who had been killed in battle. It talks about an anonymous author known as Irina Medvedeva-Tomashevskaia, who wrote several historical studies and claimed that Sholokhov had plagiarized an unpublished manuscript of Fedor Dmitrievich Kriukov.

Keywords:   The Quiet Don, Mikhail Sholokhov, White Guard, Irina Medvedeva-Tomashevskaia, Fedor Dmitrievich Kriukov, unpublished manuscript

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