Olga Ilyin was a Russian-born American poet and novelist.
Ilyin tried to flee Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. She was arrested in Siberia in 1918, but she was eventually able to emigrate to the United States. She settled in San Francisco, California, where she became a novelist.
Her first novel, Dawn of the Eighth Day, is about Nita Ogarin, an aristocratic daughter who marries an army officer soon killed in the Bolshevik Revolution. Her second novel, St. Petersburg Affair, is set in the 1850s. Kyra Beherev, an aristocratic heiress, agrees to marry Count Anatole Melin to appease her aunt, Princess Shubalov. The couple initially decides to remain abstinent and divorce within a year, but they consume their marriage, only to have affairs with other people later. Her third novel, White Road: A Russian Odyssey, is about an aristocratic heiress who decides to flee Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution.
- Ilyin, Olga (1951). Dawn of the Eighth Day. New York City: Henry Holt & Co. OCLC 561528929.
- Ilyin, Olga (1983). The St. Petersburg Affair. New York City: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 9783552035232. OCLC 80550062.
- Ilyin, Olga (1984). White Road: A Russian Odyssey. New York City: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 9780030000782. OCLC 580689866.
- Kendall, Elaine (December 4, 1968). "A Refuge Tale of Pursuit and Escape". The Los Angeles Times. p. 68. Retrieved May 17, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Jackson, Joseph Henry (June 21, 1951). "A Novel of Old Russia". The Los Angeles Times. p. 3. Retrieved May 17, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Captured by the Reds". Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. January 14, 1934. p. 5. Retrieved May 17, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Grosser, Dorothy I. (February 6, 1983). "Reading Room. The St. Petersburg Affair by Olga Ilyin". Asbury Park Press. Asbury Park, New Jersey. p. 149. Retrieved 17 May 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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