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Elena Duglas ili Deva Ozera Lok-Katrinskago [Lady of the lake]

Author Scott, Walter
Title Elena Duglas ili Deva Ozera Lok-Katrinskago [Lady of the lake]
Imprint Moscow: V Universitetskoi Tipografii
Date of Publication 1828
Language Russian
Notes This is an early Russian translation of Sir Walter Scott's narrative poem 'The Lady of the lake', first published in English in 1810. The poem was an immediate and huge success, selling 25,000 copies in 8 months, and helped spread Scott's fame beyond English-speaking lands. He became probably the most popular foreign author in Russia in the 19th century, the first Russian translation of his works, some extracts from 'Ivanhoe', appeared as early as 1820. His influence can be seen not only in the development of the Russian historical novel, but also in the vogue for wearing tartan and dressing up as characters from his novels. This translation (the name of the translator is unknown) is in turn taken from a French translation, possibly the 1813 translation by Elisabeth de Bon.
Shelfmark RB.s.2878
Acquired on 04/10/13
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