Mikhail Gasparov

Mikhail Leonovich Gasparov (Russian: Михаи́л Лео́нович Гаспа́ров, April 13, 1935 in Moscow – November 7, 2005 in Moscow) was a Russian philologist and translator, renowned for his studies in classical philology and the history of versification, and a member of the informal Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1957 and worked at the Gorky Institute of World Literature, the Russian State University for the Humanities, and the Russian Language Institute in Moscow. In 1992 Gasparov was elected a full member of the Russian Academy of Science.[1]

Mikhail Leonovich Gasparov in 1995

In 1995, Mikhail Gasparov was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation.

In 1997, he shared the Little Booker Prize with Aleksandr Goldstein for their publications analysing Russian literature from a historical-philosophical point of view.[2]

In 1999, Gasparov was awarded the Andrei Bely Prize for his essay collection Notes and excerpts (Russian: Записи и выписки).[3][4] Gasparov was also a poet. He published translations of classical and modern European poetry, yet only one of his own poems was published during his lifetime.[3]

Gasparov was a member of the editorial board of Literary Monuments (Russian: Литературные памятники) book series, journals Journal of Ancient History (Russian: Вестник древней истории), Literary Research (Russian: Литературоведение), Elementa (United States), and Rossica Romana (Italy).[5]

Mikhail Gasparov published about 300 articles, translations and other works, including the monographs Fable in Antiquity (Russian: Античная литературная басня, 1971), Modern Russian Versification (Russian: Современный русский стих. Метрика и ритмика, 1974), Overview of the History of Russian Versification (Russian: Очерк истории русского стиха: Метрика, ритмика, рифма, строфика, 1984), Overview of the History of European Versification (Russian: Очерк истории европейского стиха, 1989).[6]

During his last years Gasparov was actively engaged in publishing the collected works of the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam.[6]

Commemorating Mikhail Gasparov, the Russian State University for the Humanities organises annual conferences dedicated to the main fields of Gasparov's academic research -- classical philology and Russian literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries.[7]


  • Gasparov M. L. A History of European Versification (transl. by G. S. Smith & Marina Tarlinskaja). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-815879-3.


  1. ^ "Умер филолог Михаил Гаспаров" (in Russian). November 7, 2005.
  2. ^ Shneidman, N. N. (2004). Russian Literature, 1995–2002: On the Threshold of the New Millenniu. University of Toronto Press. pp. 21–22. ISBN 0-8020-8670-5. Retrieved 2008-09-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Summary". Нло: Независимый Филологический Журнал (82). 2000. Retrieved 2008-09-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ http://www.guelman.ru/slava/beliy/laur1978-2001.htm Лауреаты Премии Андрея Белого
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2008-09-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Гаспаров Михаил Леонович (1935 – 2005)
  6. ^ a b В Москве скончался литературовед и филолог Михаил Гаспаров (in Russian). Lenta.ru. November 7, 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ http://www.litkarta.ru/russia/moscow/persons/gasparov-m/ Михаил ГАСПАРОВ – Биография

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