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Lev Loseff[1] (Russian: Лев Влади́мирович Ло́сев; birth name Lev Lifshitz; June 15, 1937 – May 6, 2009) was a Russian poet, literary critic, essayist and educator.[2]


Early life and educationEdit

The son of poet Vladimir Lifshitz, Loseff was born in Leningrad.[2] He attended Leningrad's famous Saint Peter's School and graduated from the journalism department of the Leningrad State University.[2]

Literary careerEdit

Loseff immigrated to the U.S. in 1976.[3] He earned a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan and became a professor of Russian literature at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, a position he held until his death thirty years later.[1] In his later years Loseff was a Russian-language radio personality and a prolific author, writing both poetry and non-fiction works on Russian literature.

Loseff died on May 6, 2009, in Hanover, NH.[4]


  • Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Life
  • Joseph Brodsky: The Art of a Poem (co-edited with Valentina Polukhina)
  • Iosif Brodskii: Trudy i dni (co-edited with Petr Vail)
  • On the Beneficence of Censorship: Aesopian Language in Modern Russian Literature
  • Poetika Brodskogo
  • Brodsky's Poetics and Aesthetics (co-edited with Valentina Polukhina)
  • A Sense of Place: Tsarskoe Selo and Its Poets (co-edited with Barry Scherr)
  • Eight collections of poetry and prose in Russian.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gonzalez, Katie (May 12, 2009). "Russian department chair dies at 71". The Dartmouth. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Lev Vladimirovich Loseff" (in Russian). Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Mydans, Seth (September 6, 1991). "Soviet Turmoil; Exiled Russian Writers, Free to Return, Find Visiting Is Enough". The New York Times.
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