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Karlinsky (Simon) papers
BANC MSS 2010/177  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
17.8 Linear Feet (12 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes)
Restrictions
Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted to The Bancroft Library. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html
Availability
Collection is open for research.