Ol'ga Berggol'ts

Katharine Hodgson (University of Exeter)
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Ol’ga Berggol’ts is generally thought of as an official Soviet writer, best known for the poetry she wrote and broadcast on the radio during the Leningrad Siege of 1941-44. Further evidence of her apparent conformity may be found in the award the Stalin Prize in 1950 for a narrative poem,



First Russian Commune

, 1949], telling the story of a collective farm set up by Petrograd workers in the early years after the 1917 Revolution. Nevertheless, Berggol’ts was no straightforwardly orthodox Soviet writer. In 1965 she published a collection of poetry entitled



The Knot

], in which a number of poems relating to her arrest and imprisonment in 1938-39 appeared for the first time; more of her “prison poetry” appeared posthumously in the late 1980s. Berggol’ts was a…

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Citation: Hodgson, Katharine. "Ol'ga Berggol'ts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 December 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5869, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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