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Anna Lisa Crone, Expert in Russian Literature, 1946–2009

090623.croneThe University of Chicago News Office has reported that Anna Lisa Crone, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, who was widely respected for her ability to elucidate difficult Russian poetry of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, died June 19 after a 15-year battle with cancer. Crone, 63, died in her home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

“Lisa spent her life in Russian literature, generously imparting to others her vast knowledge and wisdom,” said Robert Bird, Chairman of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University.

Crone was a wide-ranging scholar of Russian and Slavic literature and language. Her first monograph, Rozanov and the End of Literature: Polyphony and the Dissolution of Genre in Solitaria and Fallen Leaves (1978), was an innovative literary study of the Russian philosopher Vasilii Rozanov. Bird said the book opened a new chapter in the study of Russian philosophical discourse.

For more information, see the New Office’s full press release.

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