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Correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, photographs, and two note books of a well-known Russian symbolist poet Samuil Kissin, a close friend of Vladislav Khodasevich.
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Samuil Kissin (1885-1916) was a prolific Russian symbolist poet who committed suicide during World War I. He was a close friend and perhaps one of the most enigmatic and "underappreciated" figures of the Russian Silver Age poetry. For many years literary critics both in Russia and elsewhere considered him to be a "double" of Khodasevich and only recently started researching his poetry. Khodasevich himself made Kissin a main protagonist of his famous prose "Necropolis" and devoted a lot of poems to his untimely deceased friend.