Larissa Reissner (2133 words)

Katie McElvanney (The British Library)
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In his 1930 autobiography, Moia Zhizn’ [My Life], Leon Trotsky described the Soviet author, poet and journalist Larisa Reisner as a "warrior", an "Olympian goddess" and a "writer of the first rank". Written just a few years after Reisner’s untimely death at the age of thirty in 1926, Trotsky’s words encapsulate the myths that came to define her life. Reisner was herself partly responsible for the conflation of myth and reality, promoting the image of, and herself as, the "woman of the revolution". Many biographies of Reisner, especially those written during the Soviet period, reflect these myths, and some later biographers, drawing from these sources, h…

Citation: McElvanney, Katie. "Larissa Reissner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 December 2016 [, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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