Catalogue of the Papers of Dmitry Svayatopolk Mirsky

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Lucy McCann

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Papers of Dmitry Svyatopolk Mirsky


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

Extent: 0.3 Linear metres, 2 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: Russian

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 12287/1-2


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.

Scope and Content

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.


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).


Donated to the Taylor Institution Library by Professor Gerald Smith and transferred to Special Collections in September 2016.

Preferred Form of Citation

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

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Mirsky | Dmitry Svyatopolk | 1890-1939 | Russian scholar


20th century
Russian literature -- History and criticism

Descriptive List

Articles by and about D.S. Mirsky in Russian and English
Date: 1906-1993 mainly 1921-1931
Shelfmark: MS. 12287/1
Language(s) of Material: Russian
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Including the following in Russian:

Articles by and about D.S. Mirsky in Russian and English
Date: 1921-1934
Shelfmark: MS. 12287/2
Language(s) of Material: Russian
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Including in Russian:

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20 November 2017