Marina Tsvetaeva letters to Boris Ottokar Unbegaun
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Boris Ottokar Unbegaun [Борис Генрихович Унбегаун] (1898-1973) was a Russian linguist. Born in Moscow into a German family, he left Russia after the October Revolution, and studied in Slovenia and at the Sorbonne. After the German occupation of France, he was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp where he remained until the end of World War II. Later, he was a professor at the University of Strasbourg, in Brussels, and at the University of Oxford. In 1965 he became professor of Slavic linguistics at New York University in the United States, where he died in 1973.
Boris Unbegaun met Marina Tsvetaeva in 1935 and the two families became friends. They continued their friendship until Tsvetaeva left France in 1939.
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- Tsvetaeva, Marina, 1892-1941. Marina Tsvetaeva letters to Boris Ottokar Unbegaun, 1935-1938: Guide.
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