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The Essential Turgenev will provide American readers with the first comprehensive, portable edition of this great Russian author's works. It offers an extensive introduction to the writings that established Turgenev as one of the preeminent literary figures of his time, and reveals the breadth of insight into changing social conditions that made Turgenev a portal to Russian intellectual life.

Readers will find complete, exemplary translations of Turgenev's finest novels, Rudin, A Nest of Gentry, and Fathers and Sons, along with the lapidary novella First Love. The volume also includes selections from Sportsman's Sketches, seven of Turgenev's most compelling short stories, and fifteen prose poems. It also contains samples of the author's nonfiction drawn from autobiographical sketches, memoirs, public speeches, plus the influential essay "Hamlet and Don Quixote" and correspondence with Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810110601
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/1994
  • Pages: 885
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Turgenev (1818 - 1883) was a novelist, poet and playwright. He was born to a wealthy family in Oryol in the Ukraine region of Russia. He attended St. Petersburg University (1834-37) and Berlin University (1838-41), completing his master's exam at St. Petersburg. His career at the Russian Civil Service began in 1841. He worded for the Ministry of Interior from 1843-1845. In the 1840's, Turgenev began writing poetry, criticism, and short stories under Nikolay Gogol's influence. A Sportsman's Sketches (1852) were short pieces written from the point of view of a nobleman who learns to appreciate the wisdom of the peasants who live on his family's estate. This brought him a month of detention and eighteen months of house arrest. From 1853-62, he wrote stories and novellas, which include the titles Rudin (1856), "Dvorianskoe Gnedo" (1859), Nakanune (1860) and Ottsy I Deti (1862). Turgenev left Russia, in 1856, because of the hostile reaction to Fathers and Sons (1862). Turgenev finally settled in Paris. He became a corresponding member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in 1860 and Doctor of Civil Law at Oxford University in 1879. His last published work, Poems in Prose, was a collection of meditations and anecdotes. On September 3, 1883, Turgenev died in Bougival, near Paris.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Turgenev Today
Note on the Translations

Letter to Bettina von Arnim (1840 or 1841)

A Sportsman's Sketches
     Khor and Kalinych
     My Neighbor Radilov
     Kasian from Beautiful Meadow
     The Singers
     The Tryst
     A Living Relic 

Letter to A. A. Kraevskii (1849)

The Diary of a Superfluous Man

Letter to Louis and Pauline Viardot (1852)
Letter to O. A. Turgeneva (1855)

A Correspondence

Letter to E. E. Lambert (1856)
Letter to L. N. Tolstoy (1856)


Letter to L. N. Tolstoy (1857)
Letter to V. P. Botkin (1857)

A Journey to Polesje

Letter to A. N. Apukhtin (1858)

A Nest of Gentry

Letter to E. E. Lambert (1859)
Letter to I. A. Goncharov (1859)
Letter to E. E. Lambert (1859)

First Love

Letter to K. N. Leontiev (1860)

Hamlet and Don Quixote

Letter to M. N. Katkov (1861)

Fathers and Sons

Letter to F. M. Dostoevsky (1862)
Letter to K. K. Sluchevskii (1862)
Letter to E. E. Lambert (1862)


Letter to P. V. Annenkov (1868)
Letter to L. Pietsch (1868)

A Strange History

Letter to P. V. Annenkov (1870)

The Execution of Troppmann

Letter to M. A. Miliutina (1875)
Letter to V. L. Kign (1876)


Letter to Ia. P. Polonskii (1877)

The Dream

Letter to V. P. Gaevskii (1880)

Speech Delivered at the Dedication of the Monument to A. S. Pushkin in Moscow

Letter to M. G. Savina (1880)

The Song of Triumphant Love

Letter to L. N. Tolstoy (1882)

Poems in Prose
     To the Reader
     The Dog
     A Satisfied Man
     The Sparrow
     The Skulls
     The Rose
     To the Memory of Iu. P. Vrevskaia
     The Threshold
     The Visit
     Cabbage Soup
     The Reporter
     The Sphinx
     What Will I Think? . . . 
     The Russian Language

Letter to L. N. Tolstoy (1883)

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