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Russia As Seen and Described by Famous Writers   By: (-1930)

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Russia As Seen and Described by Famous Writers is a captivating and enlightening collection of travel accounts that offers readers a unique glimpse into the vast and enigmatic country of Russia. Esther Singleton skillfully curates an array of writings from renowned authors, historians, and artists, allowing readers to dive deep into the heart and soul of a nation rich in history and culture.

What sets this book apart is Singleton's careful selection of contributors, which include the likes of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov, and Mark Twain, among many others. Each writer brings their own distinct voice and perspective, providing a varied and comprehensive exploration of Russia's landscape, people, and customs.

The book covers a wide range of topics, from the glittering grandeur of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the more remote regions of Siberia and the Russian countryside. Through the eyes of these famous writers, readers are transported through time, experiencing the opulence of the Russian court, the turmoil of the Revolution, and the indomitable spirit of the Russian people.

Singleton's meticulous organization of the book ensures a smooth and coherent narrative flow, guiding readers through the different regions and historical periods. The inclusion of illustrations and maps further enhances the reading experience, painting vivid pictures of the landscapes and architecture that inspired these writers' observations.

Moreover, the book offers profound insights into the Russian character and psyche. Through the writers' astute observations, readers gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and contradictions that define Russia. The passion, resilience, and melancholy that permeate Russian literature and art are brought to life in these pages, making for an enlightening and introspective reading experience.

While the book does an admirable job of showcasing the diverse perspectives of its contributors, it also serves as a window into the biases and preconceptions prevalent during the time of their writings. Despite this, Singleton's decision to include a variety of voices allows readers to confront these biases and form their own understanding of Russia's multifaceted identity.

Russia As Seen and Described by Famous Writers is not just an anthology of travel accounts; it is a gateway into the rich tapestry of Russian history, culture, and literature. Esther Singleton's careful curation and the eloquent observations of these esteemed authors make this book a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the enigmatic realm that is Russia. Whether you are a lover of literature, a history enthusiast, or a curious traveler, this book will transport you to a world that is as captivating as it is complex.

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[Illustration: MOSCOW.]


As Seen and Described by Famous Writers

Edited and Translated by


Author of "Turrets, Towers and Temples," "Great Pictures," and "A Guide to the Opera," and translator of "The Music Dramas of Richard Wagner."


New York

Dodd, Mead and Company



This is intended to be a companion volume to Japan , and therefore follows the same general plan and arrangement. It aims to present in small compass a somewhat comprehensive view of the great Muscovite power. After a short description of the country and race, we pass to a brief review of the history and religion including ritual and ceremonial observances of the Greek Church. Next come descriptions of regions, cities and architectural marvels; and then follow articles on the various manners and customs of rural and town life. The arts of the nation are treated comprehensively; and a chapter of the latest statistics concludes the rapid survey. The material is all selected from the writings of those who speak with authority on the subjects with which they deal.

The Russian Empire is so vast that it would be impossible to give detailed descriptions of all its parts in a work of this size: therefore I have been forced to be content with more general descriptions of provinces with an occasional addition of a typical city... Continue reading book >>

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