Two unpublished autobiographies of poet, translator and memoirist Benedikt Livshits (1886/1887-1938), written in 1923 and 1924 (and held in the Manuscript Division of the Institute of Russian Literature), feature, together with an extensive commentary establishing the chronological backdrop to and the details of his life in the 1890s-1910s. Major events in his life are listed as far as possible thanks to a variety of archive sources (the statements of his second wife, E. Livshits, his student file from the Kiev Municipal Archive). These include the poet’s family history and his time as a student at the Richelieu Gymnasium and the universities of Odessa and Kiev, as well as the precise date of his baptism and a number of episodes from his service in the First World War. Information gleaned from the reminiscences of E. Livshits regarding the vicissitudes of her husband’s life is a particular focus, giving greater insight into a life story little told by memoirists. Also included is an unpublished poem by Livshits’s first wife, V. Arngold-Zhukova, which she dedicated to him.