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The rise of the Russian novel; studies in the Russian novel from Eugene Onegin to War and Peace.
Freeborn, Richard.
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Cambridge [Eng.] : Cambridge University Press, 1973.
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289 pages ; 23 cm

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Central Library PG3095 .F7 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This introduction to the study of the Russian novel demonstrates how the form evolved from imitative beginnings to the point in the 1860s when it reached maturity and established itself as part of the European tradition. Professor Freeborn considers selected novels by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. Extended introductory sections to the studies of Dostoyevsk and Tolstoy deal with their earlier works. A final chapter summarises the principal points of contrast between Crime and Punishment and War and Peace, and argues that in certain specific ways, they represent the peaks in the evolution of the form of the Russian novel. Quotations are translated, but key passages are also given in the original. Professor Freeborn treats the novel as a literary form and avoids the overworked formulae on which much historical writing on Russian literature has been based. He is concerned with the literary development of a great form.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Eugene Onegin
3 A Hero of Our Time
4 Dead Souls
5 From the forties to the sixties
6 The novels of Goncharov
7 Crime and Punishment
8 War and Peace
9 The rise of the Russian novel
A table of the major Russian novels 1830âÇô1870
A bibliographical note on critical works in Russian and English

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