Samuil Marshak’s career presents a balancing act between avant-garde traditions and the socialist realist canon. Marshak came from a Russian Jewish family in the Pale of Settlement area. In his youth he befriended Vladimir Vasilevich Stasov, a prominent Russian critic, who helped him to enrol into a Petersburg college. After World War I, Marshak became an ardent educator: he worked with homeless children in Petrograd and a children’s colony in Petrozavodsk. His early career involved journalism, translating and studying, from 1912-15 in a literature department at the University of London. Edward Lear’s nonsensical playful poetry inspired Marshak to write children’s verse. In 1922 he organised the “Little Town for Children”, an urban development in Krasnodar comprising a school,…

2759 words

Citation: Smith, Alexandra. "Samuil Marshak". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 June 2008 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

12110 Samuil Marshak 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.