PHANTOMS AND OTHER STORIES.(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904). 213 x 146 mm (8 3/8 x 5 3/4"). ix, , 321 pp. Translated from the Russian by Isabel Florence Hapgood.
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This volume contains two novellas that are among the best work by Turgenieff: "Faust: A Story in Nine Letters" and "Ásya." The latter is particularly notable for its portrayal of a strong Russian woman, described by our translator as "a charming, fresh, free child of nature." Turgenieff believed that "all Russian women are more active and more lofty than men," and his heroes often crumbled in the presence of one of these superior females. The hero in "Faust" is the author's ideal of a Russian gentleman--honorable, intellectual, and oriented to Western thought. In addition to the two novellas, our volume contains the short stories "Phantoms," "Yákoff Pásynkoff" and "An Excursion to the Forest Belt." The translator was Isabel Florence Hapgood, an American who travelled widely in Russia, wrote several books on the country, and translated works by Tolstoy, Gogol, Chekhov, and Dostoevsky. (ST11462a-256)