Vladimir Odoevsky: Kniazhna Zizi [Princess Zizi]

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Odoevsky’s concern with female education, observable in a number of his works, would appear to demonstrate that he, perhaps unusually progressively for a male writer of the 1830s in Russia, favoured a more positive alternative. His second important society-tale novella of the 1830s, Kniazhna Zizi [Princess Zizi], was written in 1836, just in time to gain the approval of Pushkin for likely publication in Sovremennik [The Contemporary]), but in fact published only in 1839 in the journal Otechestvennye zapiski [Notes of the Fatherland]. In this work, more convoluted plot-wise than its earlier sister-tale Kniazhna Mimi [Princess Mimi, 1834], and again experimental …

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Cornwell, Neil. "Kniazhna Zizi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2009
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