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Name  Solomiia Pavlychko
Role  Literary critic

Parents  Dmytro Pavlychko
Grandparents  Vasyl Pavlychko

Died  December 31, 1999, Kiev, Ukraine
Education  Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Books  Letters from Kiev, Letters from Kyiv: 12 May 1990-2 April 1991

Solomiia Dmytrivna Pavlychko (Ukrainian: Соломія Дмитрівна Павличко) (December 15, 1958, Lviv – December 31, 1999, Kiev) was a Ukrainian literary critic, philosopher and translator.



Solomiia Pavlychko was born December 15, 1958 in Lviv. Her father was the well-known Ukrainian poet, Dmytro Pavlychko. She graduated in English and French from the Romance-Germanic Faculty of Kiev University, earning a PhD in English literature in 1984. From 1985 she worked at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. She was a Doctor of Philosophy, a professor at the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and a member of the Writer's Union of Ukraine. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, and at Harvard University, where she was a Fulbright fellow. Since 1992 she was the head of the editorial board of the publishing house Osnovy in Kiev.

Pavlychko wrote book-length studies of American romanticism, Byron, the modern English novel and modernism in Ukrainian literature. Her memoir of the first years of Ukrainian independence in 1990-1, Letters from Kiev, was published in English in 1992. She was also a prolific translator: among her Ukrainian translations are William Golding's Lord of the Flies and D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. Mrs. Pavlychko also contributed to the work of the World Bank/UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education in Developing Countries, whose report was issued in Feb. 2000. She left unfinished a biography of the Ukrainian poet and orientalist Ahatanhel Krymsky. She died on December 31, 1999.


  • The Philosophical Poetry of American Romanticism (Ukrainian, Kyiv 1988)
  • Byron: His Life and Works (Ukrainian, Kyiv, 1989)
  • Letters from Kyiv (English, Edmonton, 1992)
  • The Labyrinths of Thought: The Intellectual Novel of Contemporary Great Britain (Ukrainian, Kyiv, 1993)
  • Dyskurs modernizmu v ukrains'kii literaturi [The Discourse of Modernism in Ukrainian Literature] (Ukrainian, Kyiv, 1997, 2nd ed. 1999)
  • References

    Solomiia Pavlychko Wikipedia

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