Olga Ilyin

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Olga Ilyin was a Russian-born American poet and novelist.

Early life[edit]

Ilyin was born into the Russian nobility in Russia.[1][2] She went to school in Europe, and returned to Russia as a young adult.[2]


Ilyin became a poet.[2] Her works were published in Russia and Europe.[2]

Ilyin tried to flee Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.[1] She was arrested in Siberia in 1918,[3] but she was eventually able to emigrate to the United States. She settled in San Francisco, California, where she became a novelist.[4]

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.[2] 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.[4] 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.[4] Her third novel, White Road: A Russian Odyssey, is about an aristocratic heiress who decides to flee Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ilyin was married and had a child before the Bolshevik Revolution.[1] She lost her father and her brother in the revolution.[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e Jackson, Joseph Henry (June 21, 1951). "A Novel of Old Russia". The Los Angeles Times. p. 3. Retrieved May 17, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Captured by the Reds". Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. January 14, 1934. p. 5. Retrieved May 17, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b c 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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