From Chekhov to the Revolution: Russian Literature, 1900-1917

From Chekhov to the Revolution: Russian Literature, 1900-1917

From Chekhov to the Revolution: Russian Literature, 1900-1917

From Chekhov to the Revolution: Russian Literature, 1900-1917

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This book reproduces the first ten chapters of my Modern Russian Literature: from Chekhov to the Present, published in 1953 and presently out of print. Its aim is to offer a comprehensive picture of Russian literature from the end of the nineteenth century, when the era of Great Classics came to a close, through Chekhov, Gorky, Bunin, Kuprin, and Andreyev, down to the modernist movement in the arts and the symbolist school of our century which includes a score of remarkable poets headed by Blok. This whole period between 1890 and 1917 has been called the Silver Age, or the last bloom of Imperial Russia, and its achievements are both significant and exciting; their study, moreover, is indispensable for the proper understanding of Russian artistic and cultural evolution in the post-revolutionary years.

In this survey of novelists and poets, as in my other works, such as The Epic of Russian Literature: from its Origins through Tolstoy (Oxford University Press, New York, 1950), I have endeavored to combine the analysis of individual writers and the aesthetic currents they represent with the outline of their socio-political, psychological, and cultural background; I devoted more attention than is customary in American and English studies of Russian letters to poetry, to criticism, and to the philosophical, religious, and social debates that reflect the very essence of national spirit and intellectual life.

MARC SLONIM

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, New York

Fall 1962 . . .

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