Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US5
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Nikolai Bachtin
Extent10 boxes
DescriptionAbout 70 folders and notebooks relating to the proposed edition of Plato's Cratylus; biographical notes on Bachtin by academic colleagues and others; other miscellaneous folders and notebooks; various lectures and lecture notes on Tolstoy, Mayakovsky, Pushkin, linguistics, realism in drama, the place of poetry in a capitalist state; essays and essay notes on Homer and Greek history in French; le myth et la relalite historique in French; notebooks in French; a mixture of lectures in Russian and English; writings; notes; correspondence; some newspaper articles by Bachtin in Russian; manuscript items sent by Russian emigre writers to Bachtin; poetry manuscripts in English and Russian.

A later deposit comprises writings, poetry, lectures, biographical sketches, records of conversations. A recent purchase comprises exercise and notebooks containing hundreds of poems in various stages of completion, largely unpublished and unknown; lectures, letters and other personal papers.
ArrangementThe collection is uncatalogued.
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DocumentUS5 Papers of Nicholas Bachtin.pdf
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Administrative HistoryNikolai Bachtin was born in 1894 in Orel, Russia where his father was a civil servant and a member of the old nobility. After matriculating in 1913 at the University of St Petersburg, he enlisted as a hussar, fought in the First World War, and served for several years in the Foreign Legion in North Africa, until he was wounded in 1923. He moved to Paris in 1924 where he had a brief and successful period on the editorial board of the Russian emigre journal Zveno (the Link) , in which he published more than 50 of his own articles and reviews, before resuming his classical studies in Paris and Cambridge. He moved permanently to England in 1932, and from 1938 until his death in 1950 he taught classics and later linguistics at Birmingham University.

Reference: Deposit file.

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).
AcquisitionThis collection has been acquired by the Special Collections Department in a series of gifts and purchases between 1960 and 2001.
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.
Publication NoteA selection of Bachtin's unpublished classical and linguistic writings were published by the University of Birmingham Press in 1963, containing essays, lectures on aspects of Greek, Russian and English Literature and a short biographical introduction.