This book, first published in 1949, is an abridged version of Mirsky’s classic two texts on Russian literature, updated with a postscript by the editor assessing the development of Soviet literature. Beautifully written, Mirsky’s analyses of Russian writers and literature go hand in hand with his takes on Russian history. From the birth of Russian literature to its Soviet form, this book is a lively and comprehensive examination by one of its leading scholars.
Part 1. To 1881 1. The Literature of Old Russia 2. The Passing of Old Russia 3. The Age of Classicism 4. The Golden Age of Poetry 5. The Age of Gogol 6. The Age of Realism: the Novelists 7. The Age of Realism: Journalists, Poets and Playwrights 8. The Age of Realism: the Novelists (II) Part 2. After 1881 9. The End of a Great Age 10. The Eighties and Early Nineties 11. Prose Fiction After Chekhov 12. The New Movements of the Nineties 13. The Symbolists 14. Poetry After 1910