(1894 – 1958)
A poet, a prose writer.
He was born on October 29 (November 10, 2001) in the Kovno province to a wealthy noble family with military traditions. Children’s days were spent on the Studenki estate, on the border with Poland. He received primary education at home, then studied at the Second Cadet Corps. Here he began to write poetry. In 1910, he graduated from the Cadet Corps, began to publish in various publications: in the journals Apollo, Sovremennik, and others.
In 1912, Ivanov entered the Acmeist Poets’ Workshop, participated in all meetings, circles, publications, and acted as a literary critic of the acmeist trend. In 1912 he published his first book of poems – “Departure to the island of Tsiter”. He is influenced by M. Kuzmin. Then followed collections of poems: “Border” (1914), “Monument of Glory” (1915), “
In the autumn of 1922, Ivanov went abroad on a business trip to compile a repertoire of state theaters. He does not return to Soviet Russia, remaining in Berlin with his wife, the poetess I. Odoevtseva. In 1923 they settled in France, in Paris.
For several years he did not write poetry, he passed the period of “comprehension and accumulation of music”. In 1927 he took part in the society “The Green Lamp”, formed around Merezhkovsky, being its permanent chairman. Published in various emigrant publications – “New House”, “Numbers”, “Circle”, etc. In 1930 he published a collection of poems “Roses”, in which the poet’s “new voice” is lyrical, simple.
In the years of emigration he also appears as a prose writer: the memoirs “Petersburg Winters” (1928, Paris), “Third Rome” (1929, unfinished novel). In 1938 – lyrical prose “The Decay of the Atom” (1938, Paris). In 1949 – 50 – a series of critical articles.
In 1943 – 46 lives in Biarritz in poverty, almost in poverty. In 1953 he settled in a retirement home in Ire, in the south of France. Here G. Ivanov dies.
By the centenary of his birth in 1995 in Moscow, the collection “Mirror Bottom” (Favorites), which included pre-emigrant poems and lyrics 1922 – 58.