This book, first published in 1947, examines the truly vital and enduring qualities of the leading Russian writers, as literature and as interesting documents of phases of Russian history. This is one of the most striking features of Russian literature since Pushkin – it treated artistically social and political issues that in the more prosperous and stable Western world were dealt with through journalism, mainly. This book analyses Russian literature’s propensity for providing reassurance and guidance to withstand the harsher elements of Russian society by examining some of its leading writers.
Table of Contents
1. Slavophils and Westernizers in Russian Literature 2. The Age of Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol 3. From Aksakov to Turgenev 4. Critics and Thinkers 5. Tolstoy and Dostoevsky 6. Minor Writers in Fiction, Poetry and Drama 7. From Chekhov to the Symbolists 8. Maxim Gorky and Literature After the October Revolution 9. Stabilization?