Valery Bryusov


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(1873–1924) Russian poet, critic, dramatist, novelist, translator, and editor of Vesy (The Scales) 1904–10, an influential symbolist magazine. Best known for his novel The Fiery Angel (1907), a tale of supernatural possession set in the Middle Ages and made into an opera by Prokofiev (1919–23), Bryusov's major impact on the theatre was through his anti-naturalist essays, especially Unnecessary Truth (1902), which argues for a theatre of convention (uslovny teatr) in opposition to traditional realism. Of his twenty or so plays, the apocalyptic Zemlya (Earth, 1904) and a ‘psychodrama’, Putnik (The Wayfarer, 1910), are among the best.

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