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Sergei M Eisenstein [Author's Corrected Copy]

Sergei M Eisenstein [Author's Corrected Copy] by SETON, Marie [Sergei Eisenstein] (1952)

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Author: SETON, Marie [Sergei Eisenstein]
Title: Sergei M Eisenstein [Author's Corrected Copy]
Year: 1952
Publisher: The Bodley Head
Place: London
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Signed: Yes
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'This belongs to the Author Marie Seton-Hesson' - the author's own copy, extensively annotated with revisions and corrections. Deriving from her close friendship with Eisenstein, Seton's biography is enduringly important for reasons that she explains in her introduction: 'The basic material in this book was given to me by Eisenstein himself between 1932 and 1935. He dictated some of the material to me... Other material I noted down at his request'.

Marie Seton's copy of her own book is in poor condition, bound in the publisher's black cloth, rubbed and marked to the boards; the author's ownership inscription appears on the first blank with her literary agent's label tipped in below, the frontispiece is partially detached with an old tape repair - as the volume of annotations through the text would suggest, the book has been extensively used by its writer. Her annotations begin on the dedication page where Seton has struck out her printed dedication 'To my husband, Donald Hesson' replacing it in acid terms with 'my former husband'. The annotations run through the whole volume and are a mixture of substantive alterations to the printed volume 'As this appears in translation, I suggest its removal and the page used to reproduce a sheet of music from Alexander Goehr's Cantata "The Deluge"...' or additional information 'In 1952 when Part II [Ivan the Terrible] was finally released the Banquet was in colour. The Last Judgement was not included.' There are significant changes to passages that deal with Stalin, especially in relation to Ivan the Terrible. Seton herself edited Eisenstein's unreleased Mexican film Time in the Sun (Que Viva Mexico) in 1939 and there are alterations to her account of this film as well as simple elucidations such as 'men who rejected women' to be replaced with 'homosexual' (p.133) and numerous designations of 'stet' suggesting that this copy may supercede another copy with earlier projected cuts. Overall, perhaps 200 changes to the text and illustrations are made. Laid into the book a poster for a talk about Eisenstein delivered by Seton in Bordeaux in 1953.

Mary Seton was a film critic and journalist who worked in Moscow in the 1930s where she had got to know Eisenstein well, subsequently travelling with him and writing this foundational study after the director's death.
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