All posts tagged George Eliot

Russians in London: Turgenev

In the history of Russians in London, Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) in many ways acts as a transitional figure, because although most of his visits were quite short (except during the Franco-Prussian war, when he decamped to England for a year), they were frequent, and span a much longer period than those of his contemporaries. He […]

Russkii vestnik 1859

In terms of Russian literature, the big work of 1859 is Tolstoy’s Family Happiness, though I have to admit I think it’s dreadful, sentimental rubbish, probably the worst thing he ever wrote. On a more positive note, I’m happier to see Adam Bede, which is my favourite work of George Eliot’s (I’m not her biggest […]

Russkii vestnik 1860

Women again make a fairly strong showing, with contributions from Evgeniia Tur, Pavlova and Shcherbinina, as well as George Eliot’s Mr Gilfil’s Love Story appearing in the supplement to volume 28. Other works of English literature to appear in 1860 are Thackeray’s Four Georges and Dinah Craik’s John Halifax, Gentleman, and the interest in things […]

Summer reading

The exam season is more or less over, my marking marathon is finished, and one of the things I always look forward to at this time of year is being able to read intelligent books for fun. First up is my annual Dickens fix, and this time I’m reading Oliver Twist. This was the book […]