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Biblioteka Dlya Chteniya (The Reader's Library), journal

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BIBLIOTEKA DLYA CHTENIYA (The Reader's Library), a news, fashion, science, philological and arts journal. Appeared monthly from 1834-65 (in 1865 eight editions came out). The journal was founded by А. F. Smirdin (publisher until 1849) and O. I. Senkovsky (editor until 1856, in 1849-56 jointly with А. V. Starchevsky). In the 1850-60s the editorial position was held by А. V. Druzhinin (1856-60, from 1857 jointly with А. F. Pisemsky), А. F. Pisemsky (1857-63), V. P. Pechatnik (1849-63) was its publisher, in 1863-65 P. D. Boborykin acted both as editor and publisher. Biblioteka Dlya Chteniya was the first large circulation encyclopaedic journal, founded on commercial basis and aimed at the broader public. Senkovsky tried to bring all literary celebrities together in the journal. Works of N. V. Kukolnik, Prince V. F. Odoevsky, Mikhail Lermontov and of other authors were published, Pushkin's The Queen of Spades, fairy tales and other works appeared there. In 1835 the journal had 5,000 subscribers, in 1837 - about 7,000. The reliability of issues timing became legendary: if anyone in St. Petersburg happened to miss the onset of the month's first date, he was reminded of it by a new issues of Senkovsky's journal. A lot of articles were written by Senkovsky (under the pseudonym Baron Brambeus). The critical and bibliographic column was called Literaturnaya Letopis. Works of A. N. Ostrovsky, А. А. Fet and other writers appeared in the journal, as well as Druzhinin's Zametki Peterburgskogo Turista, as a part of his series of humorous sketches of Petersburg's life. In the 1850s the editorial office was located at 88, Ekaterinisky Canal Embankment (today Griboedova Canal).

References: Очерки по истории русской журналистики и критики. Л., 1950. Т. 1. С. 324-341; Каверин В. А. Барон Брамбеус: История О. Сенковского, журналиста, редактора Библиотеки для чтения. М., 1966; Егоров Б. Ф. Борьба эстетических идей в России середины XIX века. Л., 1982; Равич Л. М. Литературная летопись Барона Брамбеуса: К 200-летию со дня рождения О. И. Сенковского (1800-1858) // Библиотековедение. 2000. №2. С. 70-76.

I. E. Vasilyeva.

Boborykin Peter Dmitrievich
Druzhinin Alexander Vasilievich
Fet Afanasy Afanasievich
Kaverin Veniamin Alexandrovich
Kukolnik Nestor Vasilievich
Lermontov Mikhail Yurievich
Odoevsky Vladimir Fedorovich
Ostrovsky Alexander Nikolaevich
Pechatnik V.P.
Pisemsky Alexey Feofilaktovich
Pushkin Alexander Sergeevich
Senkovsky Osip Ivanovich (Yuzef Yulian)
Smirdin Alexander Filippovich
Starchevsky Adalbert-Voitekh Vikentievich

Griboedova Canal Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city, house 88

Очерки по истории русской журналистики и критики. Л., 1950
Каверин В. А. Барон Брамбеус: История О. Сенковского, журналиста, ред. "Библиотеки для чтения". М., 1966
Егоров Б. Ф. Борьба эстетических идей в России середины XIX века. Л., 1982


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