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Valerian Fedorovich Pereverzev

literary scholar , Professor , teacher

Valerian Fedorovich Pereverzev was a Soviet literary scholar.

Background

Pereverzev, Valerian was born on October 18, 1882 in Bobrov, now in Voronezh Oblast’.

Education

He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Kharkov from 1901 to 1905 but was expelled and exiled to Narym for participating in revolutionary activities.

Career

Exiled to Narym for revolutionary activity. Returned toMoscow, 1911. Lecturer, also engaged in literary work.

One of the editors of the Literaturnaia Entsiklopedia, 1920-1930. Professor at Moscow University from 1921. Worked mainly on N. Gogol’, F. Dostoevskii and I. Goncharov.

Collected works appeared 1929-1930. Created Pereverzevskaia Shkola, using a Marxist approach to classical Russian literature. His views and writings were influenced by G. Plekhanov.

In 1931, accused by the Stalinist press of not being Marxist enough in his aesthetics and methodology.

Religion

Every religion forces people to rely on outside authority, thus depriving them to become self-sufficient.

Views

Strong communist party can create a new and better society with neither rich nor poor.