Russian literature begins with the nineteenth century, that is to say with the reign of Alexander I. It was then that the literary fruits on which Russia has since fed were born. The seeds were sown, of course, centuries earlier; but the history of Russian literature up to the nineteenth century is not a history of literature, it is the history of Russia. It may well be objected that it is difficult to separate Russian literature from Russian history; that for the understanding of Russian literature an understanding of Russian history is indispensable. This is probably true; but, in a sketch of this dimension, it would be quite impossible to give even an adequate outline of all the vicissitudes in the life of the Russian people which have helped and hindered, blighted and fostered the growth of the Russian tree of letters. All that one can do is to mention some of the chief landmarks amongst the events which directly affected the growth of Russian literature until the dawn of that epoch when its fruits became palpable to Russia and to the world. This book has been completely retyped and indexed from the 1914 version with the same title.
This sophisticated and intricate novel, based on true events, takes place in the late nineteenth century and begins with Henry Clifford, a man of taste and worldly philosophy, whose simple determination to do as he likes and live as he wishes is threatened when his daughter falls in love with an unsuitable man. With subtle twists and turns in a fascinating portrait of society, Maurice Baring conveys the moral that love is too strong to be overcome by mere mortals.
The novel portrays the life of a lonely, beautiful, yet over-protected Catholic girl and the several loves of her long life. A struggle develops between the demands of love and religious orthodoxy and matters of conscience are examined in significant detail. The story takes place against the background of upper-class English and French life at the turn of the twentieth century, and is written in a delightfully light and graceful style.
Barrister Basil Wake and his arresting wife Hyacinth lead a well-appointed existence in the social whirl of London’s early 1900s. For eight years Hyacinth has conducted a most discreet affair with Parliamentarian Michael Choyce, who seems to fit into the Wakes’ lives so conveniently. But an invitation to attend a Private View and a startling portrait of the mysterious and beautiful Daphne Adeane signifies a change in this comfortable set-up.
A series of romances, missed chances, and disasters befall the lives of Joan Brendon and Alexander Luttrell in a real life game of snakes and ladders, as each falls for others who enter their lives at seemingly unpropitious moments. Tragic misunderstandings, old flames turning up on wedding days, and bizarre coincidences are all the result of a missed letter! The Island of Malta features in this Victorian romance, which Baring based on a true story, providing insight into both the times and human strengths and weaknesses, before Darby and Joan end their days in happiness.
Maurice Baring pushes the limits of narrative fiction in this classic novella. The first part of the tale follows the recovery of a sight-impaired gentleman named Anthony Key, who has retreated to a convalescent resort on his doctor's orders. There, he encounters a number of interesting characters, including a frustrated novelist and a beguiling young woman. In the second half of the story, the novelist creates a fictionalized version of the hotel's community of residents.