Harlow Robinson

Harlow Robinson

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Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood's Russians

Tsarskoe Selo
Catherine the Great's Summer Palace near St. Petersburg

Boston (from above)

Moscow's Bolshoi Theater

my assistant

my supervisor

HARLOW ROBINSON is an author, lecturer and Matthews Distinguished University Professor in the departments of History and Modern Languages at Northeastern University. His books include Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood's Russians (2007, Univ. Press of New England), Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography (five editions, including Spanish-language), The Last Impresario: The Life, Times and Legacy of Sol Hurok (Viking/Penguin paperback), and Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev (Northeastern Univ. Press).

His articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous anthologies, and in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Musical Quarterly, Opera Quarterly, Dance, Christian Science Monitor, Symphony Magazine, Stagebill and other popular and scholarly publications. He has written program essays for The Boston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Symphony and Lincoln Center, and liner notes for recordings released by Sony, Elektra/Nonesuch, Philips, BMG, Dorian and Bridge.

Mr.Robinson has lectured for The Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Opera, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and many other institutions, and has worked as a programming consultant at Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic.

He has also worked as a writer and commentator for PBS television, National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Texaco-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. A former pianist and singer, Mr.Robinson has made more than 25 trips to Russia and the former USSR since 1970, and received two Fulbright Grants for research in Russia. He earned his B.A. Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected Works

American Film History
Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood's Russians
Now in Bookstores From the beginning of the silent film era in Hollywood to the newest James Bond film, this is the story of Russian émigrés in Hollywood and the depiction of Russians in Hollywood films.
Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography
"a thoughtful study of a puzzling personality in and out of music..." The Washington Post
The Last Impresario: The Life, Times and Legacy of Sol Hurok
Biography of one of the greatest arts impresarios of the twentieth century, and chief importer of Russian and Soviet attractions to the United States, Sol Hurok (1888-1974) "a fascinating study of a remarkable man" The Washington Post Book World
Russian music and cultural history
Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev (translator and editor)
Translation from Russian into English of selected correspondence of Soviet/Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953, with introduction and notes

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