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Lydia Ginzburg (1902-1990) was an important literary critic and historian. A survivor of the Siege of Leningrad, she went on to author many seminal works of literary criticism, including studies of lyrical poetry and psychological prose. Her journals, which she began to write in the 1920s and kept for the next 60 years, did not begin to be printed and published until the late 1980s. Since then, Ginzburg has come under increasing study as a major Russian literary figure of the twentieth century.