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Compiled and edited by Leonid Ushkalov, one of Ukraine's foremost authorities on Ukrainian baroque culture, this book is the first ever scholarly edition of all extant writings by Ukraine's most famous philosopher Hryhorii Skovoroda. This 1,400-page hardbound volume contains the following groups of Skovoroda's writings: poetry, fables and philosophical treatises, dialogues, and parables, as well as his translations, letters, and miscellaneous writings. All texts have been painstakingly verified against Skovoroda's 18th-century original manuscripts and are accompanied by Professor Ushkalov's detailed notes and commentaries. Skovoroda's Latin writings have been translated by Professor Ushkalov into contemporary Ukrainian. He also wrote a preface and a sizable introduction to the book in which he provides an overview of Skovoroda's life and ideas. This historic edition was copublished by the CIUS Press and the Maidan Publishers in Kharkiv. It was was made possible by a generous donation of Mrs. Daria Mucak Kowalsky of Toronto, Ontario, and was facilitated by the cooperation of the Kowalsky Eastern Ukraine Institute at Kharkiv University.

About The Authors

Leonid Ushkalov

Leonid Ushkalov

Leonid Ushkalov is professor at the Hryhorii Skovoroda National Pedagogical University of Kharkiv and one of Ukraine's foremost authorities on Ukrainian baroque culture. Among his numerous book publications are several monographs dedicated to Hryhorii Skovoroda, such as Нариси з філософії Григорія Сковороди (1993), Григорій …

Hryhorii Skovoroda

Hryhorii Skovoroda

Hryhorii Skovoroda (1722–1794). Prominent Ukrainian baroque poet and a famous philosopher. He was educated at the Kyivan Mohyla Academy (1734–53). After a brief and unremarkable teaching career, Skovoroda abandoned any attempts to secure a regular position and spent the rest of his life wandering about eastern Ukraine. Material support from …


  1. Nataliia Levchenko's review article in Rocznik Historyczny 59 (2011), pp. 228-36 (in Ukrainian)
  2. Stephen P. Scherer's review article in the Journal of Ukrainian Studies 37 (2012), pp. 167-76

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