Blogs tagged "Russian Literature"

Entering Chekhov’s “Home”: A Short Story Exemplar

Chekhov’s country estate in Melikhovo, Russia, where he wrote many short stories
Chekhov’s stories contain just about every nuance and turn of the modern human heart and soul, offering countless hours of splendid short fiction.—Alan CheuseThe impact of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) on Western literature cannot be underestimated. A physician who began his literary career writing humorous pieces for popular magazines to support his medical education, Chekhov’s subsequent innovations influenced major short story writers and dramatists such as James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, Sherwood Anderson, Raymond Carver, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller.Read More »
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Crime and Punishment turns 150!

Znamenskii Place, St. Petersburg, c. 1890–1900. Detroit Publishing Co. Library o
All is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.—Fydor DostoyevskyRead More »
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Dostoevsky for the Classroom

[I]t was not a slip of the tongue for Dostoyevsky to say that “Beauty will save the world,” but a prophecy. After all, he was given the gift of seeing much, he was extraordinarily illumined.―Alexander Solzhenitsyn Read More »
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