Russian Writers: Their Lives and Literature

Russian Writers: Their Lives and Literature

Russian Writers: Their Lives and Literature

Russian Writers: Their Lives and Literature

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The scope of the present book is indicated by its title. The author's intention is to present in a brief, suggestive manner the growth and the character of Russian literature in its entirety, as far as is possible in a book of this size. The stress is of course on the nineteenth century when Russian literature, having assimilated western methods and influences, asserted its own originality and became one of the leading literatures in the world, in fact a literary great power. But, instead of the usual systematic exposition, the author has preferred to dwell on a series of striking personalities and their work. These are shown against their historical and cultural background partly with the wish to stimulate readers to further research.

A number of chapters are actually abbreviated lectures given to University students. Some of them have appeared earlier (1948) in my book, From Pushkin to Mayakovsky, published by the Sylvan Press (London) to whom my sincere thanks are due. The poems and passages in the present book have been taken from several editions which are mentioned in each case separately. I express my thanks and acknowledgment to the translators and publishers of the works concerned.

J.L.

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