Biography of Elena Ivanovna Molokhovets

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A Gift to Young Housewives

By Elena Molokhovets

Published 1992

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20. The dedication of the anonymous first edition of A Gift to Young Housewives reads as follows: “A former pupil dedicates this work to her friends and the other pupils of the Imperial Educational Society for Noble Girls.”

21. Novoe vremja [New time], 20 May 1911, 4.

22. Podarok, 28th ed. (1914), viii.

23. I am grateful to Richard Seitz of the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his assistance in searching for notices of Molokhovets’ death. In the absence of any solid evidence to the contrary, Seitz hypothesizes, and I concur, that Molokhovets was still alive in late 1916 or 1917 since Vengerov included her date of birth, but not her date of death, in his collection of materials for a dictionary of Russian writers. This is a fragile supposition, but it seems plausible. See Semen Afanas’evich Vengerov, Istochniki slovarja russkikh pisatelej [Sources for a dictionary of Russian writers] (St. Petersburg: Tip. imper. akademii nauk, 1900–1917), IV, 400, 128–129. The 29th edition was passed by the censor in September 1916 and was published in 1917.