“I Am Devoted to Her Against Her Will”: On the Decipherment of the Stenographic Diary of Anna Dostoevskaya by Сeciliya Poshemanskaya Cover Image

"Я связана с ней против ее желания": О расшифровке Ц. М. Пошеманской стенографического дневника А. Г. Достоевской
“I Am Devoted to Her Against Her Will”: On the Decipherment of the Stenographic Diary of Anna Dostoevskaya by Сeciliya Poshemanskaya

Author(s): Irina S. Andrianova
Subject(s): Archiving, Library operations and management, Recent History (1900 till today), Russian Literature, 19th Century, Philology
Published by: Петрозаводский государственный университет
Keywords: Dostoevsky; Anna Dostoevskaya; Ceciliya М. Poshemanskaya; Sarra V. Zhitomirskaya;Vera M. Fedorova; shorthand; diary; State Archive of the Russian Federation;

Summary/Abstract: In 2018 the Decree of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation abolished the profession of a stenographer due to the absence of demand. Researchers of the creative work of Fyodor Dostoevsky cherish the memory of two female stenographers — the writer’s collaborator Anna Dostoevskaya and Ceciliya Poshemanskaya, a modest stenographer from Leningrad that managed to fi nd the key to the shorthand system of the former. In the 1950s-1970s Poshemanskaya disclosed to the public the diary of Anna Dostoevskaya of 1867, the rough copies of “A Writer’s Diary” and “The Brothers Karamazov” and some more pages written shorthand by the writer’s assistant. Th e information on Poshemanskaya and her long-term, broad scale work in the memory of Dostoevsky is scarce. This article gives a brief description of the main stages of her creative career of the stenographer from Leningrad. Some additional details on life and work of Poshemanskaya are available in the documents kept in the fund of historianregistrar Sarra V. Zhitomirskaya (10239-fund). Principally, in the letters of Poshemanskaya to Vera M. Fyodorova and Sarra V. Zhitomirskaya, employees of the Manuscript Department of the V. I. Lenin State Library. The fragments of Poshemanskaya’s letters and her two letters to Vera M. Fyodorova published in the article’s supplement throw light upon the methods of the stenographer’s work and assign the objective to use her experience while decoding shorthand notes from the Dostoevsky archive as well as other historic stenographs.

  • Issue Year: 5/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 69-89
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Russian