Paradysky, Oleksa

Paradysky, Oleksa [Парадиський, Олекса; Paradys'kyj], b 1891 in Ananiv, Kherson gubernia, d 1949 in Aschaffenburg, West Germany. Literary scholar. In the interwar years he taught courses in Ukrainian literature at several postsecondary institutions in Kharkiv. In the mid-1930s he became head of the chair of the history of Ukrainian literature at Kharkiv University. He wrote articles on 17th- to 19th-century Ukrainian literature and introductions to many interwar editions of Ukrainian literary classics. He also edited the last volume (the diary) of the 1939 Soviet edition of Taras Shevchenko’s complete works (5 vols). He survived the Stalinist terror and managed to emigrate during the Second World War.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]

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