A Second Book of Russian Verse.
C. M. Bowra, editor.
London: Macmillan and Company, Ltd., 1948.
Irwin T. Holtzman collection, Hoover Institution Library and Archives.
Cecil Maurice Bowra, the foremost authority on classical and modern European poetry, chose one of Boris Pasternak’s poems for his A Book of Russia Verse (1943). Five years later, after Stefan Schimanski’s edition of Collective Prose Works (1945) had brought the poet to the attention of a large audience in the West, Bowra included in his second book of Pasternak’s poems, translated by Bowra. Only Pushkin has more poems in this edition than Pasternak. In 1946 Pasternak also sent Bowra his newest poems from Doctor Zhivago.