Zinaida Gippius

Zinaida Gippius

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Death 9 Sep 1945 (aged 75)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois, Departement de l'Essonne, Île-de-France, France
Plot Plan II, Grave 440
Memorial ID 23693824 · View Source
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Author. Last name also spelled Hippius. The wife of writer Dmitri Merezhkovsky, she forged her own reputation as a prominent member of the Russian Symbolists. The principal subject of her fiction and poetry was the duality of nature, occasionally expressed in terms of gender-reversal and in a hothouse style influenced by Dostoyevsky. Zinaida Nikolayevna Gippius was born in Belev, Tula Province, Russia. Largely self-educated, she was already a published poet when she entered the Kiev Institute for Women at age 17. In 1889 she married Merezhkovsky and their St. Petersburg literary salon became a focal point for the Symbolists, notably Alexander Blok and Andrei Bely. Gippius first attracted attention with her unconventional behavior, cultivating an androgynous image, and later as an outspoken and perceptive critic. From 1905 to 1907 the couple lived in exile in Paris for their support of the first Russian Revolution, and they settled there permanently in 1919 because they opposed the Bolsheviks. During the 1920s Gippius had much of her earlier output republished in French editions. Her oeuvre includes the novels "The Bitter End" (1911) and "Roman-Tsarevich" (1912), six collections of short stories, five books of poetry, among them "Verses" (1910) and "Radiance" (1938), and a two-volume memoir, "Living Persons" (1925). She died before completing her biography of Merezhkovsky, which was edited and published in 1951.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Zinaida Gippius (20 Nov 1869–9 Sep 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23693824, citing Cimetière de Sainte Genevieve des Bois, Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois, Departement de l'Essonne, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .