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ALEXANDER LEVITSKY is Professor of Slavic Studies at Brown University, where he previously served as Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages, specializing in eighteenth century and modern Russian literature, Czech literature, and Slavic Baroque. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, he became a political refugee in 1964 and since then has lived and worked in the West. His publications include a study of Russian Fantasy entitled Worlds Apart (Overlook Press, 2007) and poetry translations in the Anthology of Czech Poetry (Ann Arbor, 1973). His new translations of Russia’s leading eighteenth century poet, Gavrila Derzhavin, and of Mikhail Lermontov appeared in the Penguin Anthology of Russian Poetry.