The Simon Karlinsky papers document his career as a scholar and professor of Russian literature at the University of California,
Berkeley, and offer insight into his life as a gay man. Major topics include émigré literature, gay culture, history and iterature
in Russia, Nikolai Gogol, Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, Valery Perleshin, Russian theater and drama, Gennady Trifonov,
and Marina Tsvetaeva. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence; administrative materials from the
university; writings; course materials; musical scores Karlinsky composed; and audiotapes.
Simon Karlinsky was a distinguished scholar of Russian literature and member of the University of California, Berkeley Department
of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1964-1991. Born in 1924 in the Russian émigré conclave of Harbin, Manchuria, Karlinsky
and his family immigrated to the United States in 1938, settling in Los Angeles. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944, then
worked as an interpreter in Germany, and studied music in Paris and Berlin. After returning to the States, Karlinsky earned
his BA in Slavic Languages and literature at UC Berkeley, his Master's at Harvard, and his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1964. Karlinsky
was openly gay; when he died in 2009, he was survived by his husband, humanistic counselor Peter Carleton.
17.8 Linear Feet
(12 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes)
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