Terapiano, I︠U︡riĭ, 1894-

Birth 1894
Russian, French

Biographical notes:

I︠U︡riĭ Terapiano, poet and literary critic.

From the description of I︠U︡riĭ Terapiano papers, 1925-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702152203

IUrii Konstantinovich Terapiano, a prominent poet and critic of the Russian emigration, was born in 1896 in the Crimea. In 1916 he graduated from Kiev University with a law degree, and proceeded into the army as an officer. After the October Revolution of 1917, Terapiano joined the White Army in their unsuccessful bid to overthrow the Bolsheviks. In 1922, Terapiano settled in Paris.

Over the next six decades Terapiano did much to define the style and taste of Russian émigré poetry, what became known as "the Parisian note". In 1925 he became a founding member of the Union of Young Poets and Writers. In 1926-1927 he was an editor of Novyi dom, and from 1927-1939 he participated in the poetry group "The Green Lamp". From 1926 to 1965 Terapiano published six books of poetry and one volume of collected poetry. His deep interest in Zoroastrianism resulted in a 1968 study Zoroaster .

In post-war years he was literary editor for the Paris newspaper La pensée russe and wrote for the New York-based Novoe russkoe slovo . He died in France in 1980.

From the guide to the I︠U︡riĭ Terapiano papers, 1925-1965, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)


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