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By W. Gareth Jones

Nikolay Novikov (1744-1818) was once a key determine in Russian cultural existence lower than Catherine the good. He used to be in flip a profitable journalist, historiographer, educator, writer, top freemason and philanthropist and he left his distinct mark on each one of those spheres at a formative second in Russia. This publication is a Western research of Novikov's entire occupation and it indicates how he spoke back to Catherine's enlightened despotism in cultural concerns and why their methods finally parted. Novikov is seen the following not just as a founder of the Russian intelligentsia, yet as a consultant of the final ecu Enlightenment, who stumbled on and inspired a brand new new release of writers. a data of Novikov and the type of enlightenment he strove to unfold in Russia is critical for an realizing of the actual forged of brain glaring in Russian inspiration and writings within the 19th century. The ebook will for this reason be of curiosity to quite a lot of students and scholars of Russian literature and highbrow heritage.

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If the issue of All Sorts where Catherine is supposed to have promulgated an aesthetic doctrine binding on all other satirists is examined, one finds no imperial decree. Rather the controversy springs from the conven­ tional social setting of the moral weeklies. The attitude to criticism is conveyed through a sketch - in the form of a typical 'reader's letter' - of a misanthrope who so annoys a gathering with his peevishness that after his withdrawal the urbane company decide: '(1) never to call weakness a vice; (2) to preserve a love of humanity in all circumstances; (3) not to think that perfect people can ever be found, and therefore (4) to implore God to grant us a spirit of meekness and indulgence'.

It was with confidence that the 24-year-old Novikov moved at his sovereign's prompting - he might almost have seen it as in the nature of an official posting from the minute-taker's table to an editorial chair. 2 A family of satirical weeklies (176g-73) Measures and not men, is the common cant of affected moderation; a base, counterfeit image . . Junius Did Novikov remain a loyal and obedient servant in that editorial chair, or did he use it as a pulpit to assail the shortcomings of Catherine's government?

4 The temptation should be resisted. A drama of conflict between sovereign and subject would be a correct reading only if the background to the 1769 weeklies were ignored and the Drone were viewed as an organ of opinion in the nineteenth-century mould, with an editor vaunting his personal independence and prepared to engage in spirited polemics. But it would be anachronistic to see the Drone in that light. One must recognise that both the self-portrait of the Drone's 'editor' and the 'polemics' were dictated to Novikov by the conventional demands of the European moral weekly.

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