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By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

ISBN-10: 0199555087

ISBN-13: 9780199555086

Translation and notes via Alan Myers
Introduction by way of W. J. Leatherbarrow

In those tales, Dostoevsky explores either the determine of the dreamer divorced from truth, and in addition his personal ambiguous angle towards utopianism, subject matters primary to his nice novels. In White Nights, the obvious idyll of the dreamer's romantic fantasies disguises profound loneliness and estrangement from "living life." a gradual Creature and The Dream of a daft guy convey how withdrawal from fact can lead to religious desolation in addition to ethical indifference, and the way, in Dostoevsky's view, the tragedy of the alienated person can in simple terms be resolved by means of the rediscovery of a feeling of compassion and accountability towards different people.
No different version brings jointly those particular stories--which are best while learn along one another--and the recent translations catch all of the strength and lyricism of Dostoevsky's writing at its best.

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The poet spoke into a small megaphone, attached to the recording apparatus with a flexible tube; the inventor turned the crank. The winding sound of the spinning wax cylinder is clearly heard for the first few seconds of the recording. And then the voice starts. Students of Whitman are often surprised by how 舠old舡 he sounds, forgetting his many paralytic strokes in the 1870s and the ill health that plagued him in his final years. His choice of poem for this apparently onetime opportunity also seems unusual, since 舠America舡 is not a popular favorite with Whitman or his readers.

Leaves of Grass went through six editions (1855, 1856, 1860, 1867, 1871, 1881) and several reprints舒the 1876 舠Centennial舡 Edition that included a companion volume entitled Two Rivulets; the 1888 edition; and the 舠Death-bed舡 Edition of 1891-1892. He also published a collection of Civil War poems entitled Drum-Taps (1865) and added a Sequel to Drum-Taps (1865-1866). Though he began writing poetry relatively late, he never stopped once he started: Plagued by bronchial pneumonia for three months before his death, Whitman completed his last composition (舠A Thought of Columbus舡) on March 16, 1892, ten days before he died.

When his parents moved back to the country in 1833, the fourteen-year-old boy decided to stay on alone in Brooklyn and work in the printing industry. An employer helped him acquire a card for a circulating library; on his own, he started attending the theater and participating in a debating society. Looking for work during difficult times, Whitman left New York during his late teens and early twenties to teach school on Long Island. He disliked the job and eagerly returned to the world of city journalism in 1841.

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