The Modern Novelists of Russia; Being the Substance of Six Lectures Delivered at the Taylor Institution, Oxford

The Modern Novelists of Russia; Being the Substance of Six Lectures Delivered at the Taylor Institution, Oxford

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...analysis can possibly give an adequate idea of the charm the novelist has thrown over this episode in his romance. Of equal merit are the scenes in which the life of Natasha's family, the Ichmeneffs, is described. Readers who, like Partridge at the play, admire loud speaking and noisy rant, will, of course, find them dull and insipid; but all who have an ear for the true and simple, must acknowledge their exceptional worth. The hero, Ivan Petrovitch, who had lived with them in their more prosperous days, one evening brings to them the manuscript of his first novel; and the old man, Nicholas Sergeivitch, together with his wife, Anna Andreevna, and Natasha, form the young author's first public audience: --"I read to them my romance in one sitting. We began directly after tea, and the reading continued till two o'clock in the early morning. At first, the old man was evidently put out. He had expected something immeasurably grander, something that, in all probability, he would not have understood, but, all the same, something undoubtedly magnificent and lofty. And, instead of that, a poor lot of ordinary people, and the most common events, exactly such as they themselves had experienced a thousand times. If the hero had only been a great man, an interesting character, an historical celebrity, like RoslavliefF, or Youric Miloslavsky! But to make a hero of a little, miserable, stupid tchinovnik, the buttons on whose uniform were greasy and torn, --and all described in language neither better nor worse than we ourselves employ, --that could not be right. The old woman looked inquisitively at her husband, and seemed to feel that she had been cheated, and was accordingly offended. "'Is it worth'while to print and read such rubbish?' she...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236771370
  • 9781236771377