Excerpt: ... and in particular to The Cloak; for in Poor Folk, one entire letter is taken up with a description of Makar's emotions after reading that extraordinary tale. Makar assumes that it is a description of himself. "Why, I hardly dare show myself in the streets! Everything is so accurately described that one's very gait is recognisable." ...
Excerpt: ... and in particular to The Cloak; for in Poor Folk, one entire letter is taken up with a description of Makar's emotions after reading that extraordinary tale. Makar assumes that it is a description of himself. "Why, I hardly dare show myself in the streets! Everything is so accurately described that one's very gait is recognisable." Dostoevski's consuming ambition for literary fame is well indicated in his first book. "If anything be well written, Varinka, it is literature. I learned this the day before yesterday. What a wonderful thing literature is, which, consisting but of printed words, is able to invigorate, to instruct, the hearts of men!" So many writers have made false starts in literature that Dostoevski's instinct for the right path at the very outset is something notable. His entire literary career was to be spent in portraying the despised and rejected. Never has a great author's first book more clearly revealed the peculiar qualities of his mind and heart. But although he struck the right path, it was a long time before he found again the right vein. He followed up his first success with a row of failures, whose cold reception by the public nearly broke his heart. He was extremely busy, extremely productive, and extremely careless, as is shown by the fact that during the short period from 1846 to 1849, he launched thirteen original publications, not a single one of which added anything to his fame. It was not until after the cruel years of Siberia that the great books began to appear. Nor did they appear at once. In 1859 he published The Uncle's Dream, a society novel, showing both in its humour and in its ruthless satire the influence of Gogol. This is an exceedingly entertaining book, and, a strange thing in Dostoevski, it is, in many places, hilariously funny. The satire is so enormously exaggerated that it completely overshoots the mark, but perhaps this very exaggeration adds to the reader's merriment. The conversation in this...
Very Good. No Jacket. William Lyon Phelps was the Lampson Professor of English Literature at Yale. Includes essays on the following topics and novelists: "Russian National Character", "Gogol", "Turgenev", "Dostoevski", "Tolstoi", Gorki", "Chekhov", "Artsybashev", "Andreev", "Kuprin's Picture of Garrison Life", "List of Publications". A very good hardcover copy with bright gilt spine and cover lettering. Owner's name on front endpaper; light wear. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. NOT ex-library. 322pg +back ads. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Literary Criticism; Inventory No: 018900.
Very good. MacMillan Co., New York, NY, 1912. 1st Edition, 2nd Printing, VG-, Hard Cover, Size is 8vo, 322pgs. Some shelfwear head/foot of spine & ink/date/bookplate inside front cover, o.w. clean & tight. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
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