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M. L. Gasparov, 1935-2005
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1838  Wednesday, 9 November 2005

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Date: 		Tuesday, 08 Nov 2005 16:19:29 -0800
Subject: 	M. L. Gasparov, 1935-2005

Marina Tarlinskaya has asked me to post her thoughts on Mikhail 
Leonovich Gasparov, her close friend and mentor in the "Russian-school" 
versometrics which have been at the center of her own work, and which 
have also provided our Shakespeare Clinic with some of its most 
revealing and sophisticated authorship tests.  Gasparov died Monday of 
cancer.  Here is Marina's memorial tribute:

Mikhail Leonovich Gasparov (April 15, 1935--November 7, 2005). A Full 
Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor. Specialized in 
classical languages and versifications, Russian versification, European 
versifications. The author of seven books on Classical, Russian and 
comparative versifications; his book "A History of European 
Versification" was translated into English and published at Oxford, 
Clarendon press, 1996. Translator of poetry from classical Latin and 
Greek, medieval Latin and modern European languages, including "Rolando 
Furioso" and some translations from English, from Donne to Yeats. Member 
of the Russian Writers' Union. He is also the author of several hundred 
articles, some of them translated into Italian, English and other 
languages; of a verse primer; of a book for young teens "Entertaining 
Greece;" and a memoir-like book "Notes and recordings." His last book, 
"Linguistics of Verse," with Tatyana Skulacheva, is almost finished. It 
discusses how verse form constraints affect the selection and 
combination of language material, on all levels: phonology, morphology, 
syntax and semantics. This is a new direction that we, his friends and 
colleagues, are following. M. L. Gasparov was a wonderful, remarkable 
talent (maybe even a genius), a great, warm friend, and a beacon and 
example for all of us. He will always live in our memory, and his works 
will be read a hundred years from now; maybe more.

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