Nikolay ASEEV, USSR Russ, poet and translator. Stalin Prize, 1941; Order of Lenin.
ASEEV, Nikolay was born in 1889 in Lgov, now Kursk Oblast.
Studied at Commercial Institute and Philological Faculty, Moscow University.
1914-1918 Russia Army. 1918-1922 served on Labor Exchange and collaborator on underground Bolshevik newspaper in Vladivostok. 1922 organized “Balaganchik" literature society in Vladivostok.
1923 one of founders of “Lef” (Left Literary Front), literature group and newspaper of the same name. Repeatedly criticized as “petty-bourgeois literary fellowtraveler”, having a “bohemian futuristic past”, as a “symbolist”, “typical decandent romantic”, etc. Post-war criticism (during Zhdanov era) branded his works as “decadent”.