… Conjuring Pushkin | Peter Wood | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Leaf could have written Pushkin as a Byronic hero, given that Pushkin played his own life as if he had stepped out of one of Lord Byron’s romantic poems. Eugene Onegin is rich with mocking allusions to the English poet:
Lord Byron, with his shrewd caprices,
Dressed up a desperate egotism
To look like sad romanticism.
But what Pushkin mocked, he also envied.The philosopher René Girard would not have have been surprised.