Keywords: A. N. Ostrovsky, comedy Rich Brides, draft autographs, censored clerk’s copy, editions, author’s adjustments, author’s intention, hero image, characters, dramatic plot, conflict.
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Belyakova, E. N. “Textological Commentary to A. N. Ostrovsky’s Comedy Rich Brides: on the Formation of the Author’s Intention.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 3, no. 3, 2021, pp. 142–159. (In Russ.) 

Author: Elena N. Belyakova
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Elena N. Belyakova, PhD in Philology, Assistant Professor, Head of the Media Communications and Tourism Department, Kostroma State University, Dzerzhinsky St. 17, 156005 Kostroma, Russia.

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Received: May 17, 2021
Approved after reviewing: July 19, 2021
Published: September 30, 2021
Issue: 2021 Volume 3 No. 3
Department: Textual Criticism
Pages: 142-159
UDK: 821.161.1.0

Acknowledgments: The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 19-012-00070A.

Abstract: The article is devoted to the formation of the author’s intention in A. N. Ostrovsky’s comedy Rich Brides. The play was originally published in 1876 in the February issue of Otechestvennye Zapiski, but before publication it had been staged at the Alexandrinsky (St. Petersburg) and Maly (Moscow) theaters. The comedy provoked very contradictory, and sometimes rude, judgments from critics. In 1876, A. N. Ostrovsky, possibly under the influence of criticism, attempted to partially change the text of the play, but not all the author’s corrections were included in the final version of the comedy, published in 1878. Manuscript departments of the Russian State Library and the Institute of Russian Literature preserve draft autographs of the play, testifying to the formation of the author’s intention. To describe the main stages of work on the text, tracing the nature of the main changes, later saved or rejected by the playwright, is the main task of the presented work.


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