Grebenshchikov, Georgīĭ, 1882-1964

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Birth 1882-05-06
Death 1964-01-11

Biographical notes:

Georgīĭ Grebenshchikov was a Russian writer. In 1925 he established Russian community "Churaevka" in Southbury, Connecticut.

From the description of Georgīĭ Grebenshchikov papers, 1928-1935 and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612843179

Grebenshchikov was a Russian novelist. He emigrated to the United States in the 1920s, and became professor at Florida Southern College.

From the description of Postcard, 1945 August 4, Lakeland, Fla., to Mr. & Mrs. M.S. Yarosh. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122467052

Georgii Dmitrievich Grebenshchikov [Георгий Гребенщиков] (1882-1964) was a Russian writer from the Altai region in Siberia. He escaped from Russia in 1920 with the White army and spent a few years in Paris. In 1924 he moved to the United States. In 1925, he cofounded, together with Leo Tolstoy's son Ilia Tolstoy, the Churaevka community in Southbury, Connecticut for Russian émigré writers. From 1941 to 1952, he was a professor of Russian literature and history at Florida Southern College.

Fyodor Chaliapin (1873-1938) was a Russian opera singer.

Michel Fokine (1880-1942) was a Russian choreographer.

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was a Russian composer.

From the guide to the Georgii Grebenshchikov papers, 1928-1935., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

George Grebenstchikoff (in Russian Georgii Dmitrievich Grebenshchikov) was born May 6 (April 24 Old Style) 1883 in the Tomsk Oblast of Russia. In 1917 he married Tatiana Denisovna Stadnik, whom he met when she acted in a play he wrote. He published segments of his serialized novel Churaevy before emigrating to Paris (1920) and then the United States (1924). In 1925 he and Ilia Tolstoi founded the Churaevka artists' colony in Southbury, Connecticut, where Grebenstchikoff also directed the Alatas publishing house. The Grebenstchikoffs later moved to Florida, where George Grebenstchikoff taught creative writing and Russian literature at Florida Southern College from 1941 to 1952.

In addition to Churaevy, Grebenstchikoff's principal writings include the novel The Turbulent Giant (1940) and Egorkina zhizn' (published posthumously in 1966), an autobiographical work.

Alyce Batchelder befriended George and Tatiana Grebenstchikoff in Lakeland, Florida and became the literary executor for the George Grebenstchikoff estate in 1965.

From the guide to the Alyce Batchelder Collection of George Grebenstchikoff, 1898-1995, 1947-1967, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)


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