Vladimir Odoevsky, Kniazhna Mimi [Princess Mimi]

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Odoevsky’s work of the 1830s contains much with a society-tale setting, including the frame-tale elements of both his completed cycles,

Pestrye skazki

[

Variegated Tales

, 1833] and his much better known magnum opus,

Russkie nochi

[

Russian Nights

, 1844]. Such a setting can embrace either the familiar high-society social world (the

bol’shoi svet

: of which, coming from his own princely lineage, he had abundant experience), or a more restricted depiction of the idealistic intelligentsia. In addition, many of his more Gothic or fantastic stories are set in the contemporary, or near-contemporary

haut monde

. For that matter, even

Kniazhna Mimi

[

Princess Mimi

] was originally to have begun with a (subsequently discarded) prologue, in which Mimi is afflicted by devils residing in her cellar.

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Citation: Cornwell, Neil. "Kniazhna Mimi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 November 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16239, accessed 22 June 2024.]

16239 Kniazhna Mimi 3 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.

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