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Some addenda to the life of Leida Kibuvits

The article throws some light on the post-1940 life of an Estonian female author in relative oblivion. In the 1930s Leida Kibuvits was one of the most talented and prolific female prose writers, whose novels were well received both by readers and critics. The article describes her life in occupied Estonia before and after her arrest in 1950, touches briefly upon changes in her oeuvre, and gives an idea of the life of her daughter and grandson in the 1960s. The main sources used are her arrest file, so far unexplored, and correspondence. Another important source are interviews of her friends Regina Guli and Lennart-Hans Jürgenson.