Turgenev: The Man, His Art and His Age

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

As the statements of fact in this narrative derive chiefly from sources which, being in Russian, are inaccessible to Western readers, and as the works drawn upon run into the hundreds, the author deemed it unnecessary to burden the book with references. His researches, begun in the New York Public Library, took him to the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, the Bibliothèque Nationale, and the British Museum, as well as to the great libraries of Leningrad ( Petersburg) and Moscow. He recalls with special pleasure the long hours spent during the winter of 1923-24 in the cold reading-room of the Pushkin House, not far from the ice-blocked Neva, and in the Leningrad Public Library, whose more clement atmosphere allowed him to shed his overcoat while he worked. To the administration of these two institutions, as also to that of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences and of the Historical Museum in Moscow, he is obligated for access to much manuscript material which yielded data presented here for the first time.

He wishes to thank the following: Professor Nikolay Leontyevich Brodsky, of Moscow, for the use of his private library and for permission to read the manuscript of a volume of the novelist's unpublished correspondence; Mr. Mikhail Veniaminovich Portugalov, curator of the Turgenev Museum at Oryol, for help in procuring unpublished pictorial material; Mr. Ivan Ivanovich Lebedev, an archivist of the same city, for unpublished information relating to Turgenev's forebears; Mr. Modest Hoffmann, of Paris, for permission to read his transcripts of unpublished documents from the collection of the late A. F. Onegin, a friend of the novelist's; Mr. Anatoly Fyodorovich Koni, of the Russian Academy, one of the few surviving acquaintances of Turgenev's, for his interest; and Professor André Mazon, of the Collège de France, chiefly

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Preface To The First Edition ix
  • Contents xi
  • Errata xiv
  • Illustrations xv
  • 1 - In Which a Russian Is Scratched 3
  • 2 - "Shades of The Prison-House" 9
  • 3 - "The American" 18
  • 4 - Adolescence 26
  • 5 - The Immaculately Conceived 33
  • 6 - "The Sphere Of The Ideal" 42
  • 7 - Love, Carnal And Spiritual 52
  • 8- The Poet 61
  • 9 - Belinsky's Disciple 74
  • 10 - November First, Eighteen Forty-Three 81
  • 11 - The Dark Lady 90
  • 12 - "I Am Chained To The Earth" 101
  • 13 - "Bonne Nuit, Maman" 110
  • 14 - The Crown of Martyrdom 120
  • 15 - The Turning Of the Road 128
  • 16 - "The Only Woman" 139
  • 17 - Folly's Due 154
  • 18- A Nest of Gentlefolk 164
  • 19 - On the Eve 173
  • 20 - The Nihilists 182
  • 21 - Freedom 191
  • 22 - Fathers and Children 200
  • 23 - Different Clay 210
  • 24 - "I Am a European" 221
  • 25 - "Dearest, Dearest . . ." 231
  • 26 - The Baden Nest 241
  • 27 - Smoke 250
  • 28 - The Expatriate 258
  • 29 - Meek Pagan And 268
  • 30 - Thirty Devonshire Place 279
  • 31 - The French Home 291
  • 32 - Virgin Soil 302
  • 33 - A Marriage of Souls 314
  • 34 - Paris: Friends and Strangers 324
  • 35 - "Au Revoir in America!" 336
  • 36 - The Return Of the Native 347
  • 37 - Reconciliation 361
  • 38 - Phoenix Love 370
  • 39 - "Time to Take Leave" 380
  • Bibliographical Note 393
  • Chronology 396
  • Index 399
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