Pavel Nerler presents a collection of materials written by M.L. Gasparov in connection with the Mandelstam Encyclopedia, including comments on the glossary, a 2001 round-table presentation on the project, and a fragment from a body of article s prepared by Gasparov for the encyclopedia (on the poems “I don’t know since when…”, “The Horseshoe Finder,” and “Milemarkers of the distant transport...”). The publication is preceded by a brief description of Gasparov as a Mandelstam scholar and as author of the Mandelstam Encyclopedia.
The authors highlight some aspects of Aleksandr Mikhailovich Kondratov’s (1937- 1993) creative activities. Special attention is given to judgements about Kondratov’s work by Joseph Brodsky, Lev Losev and the scholars V. Al’fonsov and M.L. Gasparov. A survey of Kondratov’s works and plans for their publication – and of a series of both Russian and world literature – drafted by himself, is reproduced here. In addition to a brief assessment of some aspects of his poetics the article provides introductory information about Kondratov’s works published in the present issue.