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Vvedensky, Alexander

Workers' Holiday: Poems for Children. The only edition.

Workers' Holiday: Poems for Children. The only edition.

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Vvedensky, A. [Workers' Holiday: Poems for Children]. Rabochii Prazdnik: Stikhi dlia Detei.

Illustrations by O. Pchel'nikova.

 [Moscow], GIZ, 1930.
48mo, 11 pp., ill.

In original pictorial wrappers and modern clamshell box.
In good condition, light wear to wrappers and spine, minor owner mark to front cover.

First and only edition. Close to the style of a livre d'artiste.

The poet Aleksandr Vvedensky (1904-1941), along with Daniil Kharms, is considered one of the founders of the OBERIU group (Union of Real Art). OBERIU, an avant-garde collective of poets, writers, and artists, was known for its radical approach to art and literature, embracing absurdity and surrealism. Due to their radicalism in poetry and behavior, the members of the group were attacked in the press; some were arrested and expelled from Leningrad. To avoid repression, Vvedensky started working in children's literature and hid his adult absurdist poetry. Despite these efforts, Vvedensky was arrested and died in prison. Most of Vvedensky's poetry was not widely known during his lifetime.
The book was illustrated by Olga Pchel'nikova (1891-1942), a painter, book, and theater artist who studied at the Russian Academy of Arts. She also worked as an artist in the film industry. Pchel'nikova died in Leningrad during WWII.

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