Excerpt from Childhood; Boyhood; Youth; The Incursion; A Landed Proprietor; The Cossacks; Sevastopol
The translator was born and educated in Russia, and the scenes and the life depicted, and the ideas evolved by the author, are familiar to him as to a native; on the other hand, his later youth and his manhood have been passed in America, where for twenty years he has taken active part in the educational and the literary movements of anglo-saxon life. Thus he is enabled correctly to inter pret the workings of the greatest Russian mind both from the standpoint of a Russian and of an American. Still further to ensure literary accuracy, all the manuscript has been read by Miss Carrie A. Harper, herself an English authoress, whose advice has been invaluable to him.
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