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That is almost the whole of Russian literature: the phenomenal coruscations of the souls of quite commonplace people.
Fathers and Sons is not only the best of Turgenev's novels, it is one of the most brilliant novels of the nineteenth century. Turg ...
Whatever qualities [Tsar Nicholas I] may have shown in his own kingly profession, it must be admitted that in his dealings with th ...
This great kindness pervades Chekhov's literary work, but it is not a matter of program or of literary message with him, but simpl ...
No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic characters as Chekhov has....
Dostoevski is not a great writer, but a rather mediocre one--with flashes of excellent humor, but, alas, with wastelands of litera ...
Dostoevski's lack of taste, his monotonous dealings with persons suffering with pre-Freudian complexes, the way he has of wallowin ...
The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and c ...
If in the opinion of the Tsars authors were to be the servants of the state, in the opinion of the radical critics writers were to ...
A fool may be a dangerous customer, but the fact of his having such a vulnerable top-end turns danger into a first-rate sport; and ...
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