Alexander Kerensky: The First Love of the Revolution by Richard Abraham

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A. Laurent kindly allowed me to consult the papers of her uncle, M. Eugene Petit. Professor Nina Berberova, Gladys Edds, Asher Gransby, Kirill Grigorkoff, Elena Ivanoff, the late Elena Izvolskaya, and Professor Barbara T. Norton were generous with information, advice, and materials. Barbara Norton shared her perceptions of freemasonry and interviewed Professor Sergei Utekhin on my behalf, and I was blessed by meticulous research assistance from Robert S. Call, Mark Cornwall, and Inga Offerberg.

He had hoped to be a professor, one of those academics who had played an honorable and conspicuous part in the liberation movement from their sheltered platforms. This idea was now abandoned. ” This feeling may have resulted in a deterioration in the quality of his work; Olga remembered a row he had with Petrazhitsky at the time. Petrazhitsky did not like Kerensky's final essay and felt unable to back his hopes for postgraduate study. ”23 At twenty, “Olya,” with her graceful figure, pale oval face with its fine, regular features framed in curtains of shiny jet- Page 23 black hair, was strikingly beautiful.

Page xv Spring Rain Whose is this heart? Why all the blood drained from cheeks, flooding him to fame? It beats away: the hands of the minister have bound mouths and hearts in a love-knot. ” It is the blinding march into the forum from the locked catacombs of yesterday. These aren't roses, nor lips, nor the murmur of crowds, this by the theatre is the breaking Surf of the night of Europe's trembing, proud of ourselves on our own asphalt streets. —Boris Pasternak. Bent over the map, unsleeping, There stoops a man.

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