This book, first published in 1961, traces the lives and works of six outstanding Russian authors, each of whom is interesting and important in himself, as well as for his contribution to Russian letters. As personalities they are extremely varied, and also as artists, so much so that each of them might be studied as the centre of a distinct school of writing. Taken as a group they are a microcosm of Russian literature in the twentieth century, an age of rapid and extreme change.
Table of Contents
1. Maxim Gorky 2. Alexander Blok 3. Vladimir Mayakovsky 4. Leonid Leonov 5. Mikhail Sholokhov 6. Boris Pasternak and the Poems of Yurii Zhivago