Davis Center: Brodsky Among Us: One Book, Two Cultures


Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4:15pm to 6:00pm


CGIS South, S010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

In her personal memoir of Joseph Brodsky, his American friend and publisher Ellendea Proffer Teasley offers much previously unknown material about the great poet’s life in Leningrad, his leaving Russia and his career in the New World. Written in English, Teasley’s book had first come out in Russia to enjoy phenomenal reception and become a bestseller. In 2017 it was finally published in Boston by Academic Studies Press, in a book series on Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe. In her presentation, Dr. Teasley will discuss her book about Brodsky, how she wrote it, and how it was received first in Russia, Brodsky’s native country, and later in the US, his adopted country.
Dr. Ellendea Proffer Teasley co-founded Ardis Publishers and Russian Literature Triquarterly with Carl Proffer. She is the author and editor of various books, including Vladimir Nabokov: A Pictorial BiographyMikhail Bulgakov: Life & Work and, most recently, Brodsky Among Us. She is a MacArthur Fellow.


Ellendea Proffer Teasley, Author; Co-founder, Ardis Publishers and Russian Literature Triquarterly
Moderator: Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, Boston College; Director, Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry; Center Associate, Davis Center

Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Additional support for this event provided by the Yanoff-Taylor Lecture and Publication Fund.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.