The Junior Classics, Volume 6

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William Patten
Wildside Press, 2010 - Fiction - 524 pages
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This collection of classic stories includes Mary Mapes Dodge's The race for the Silver Skates, Louisa M. Alcott's Nelly's Hospital, Charles Dickens' The Chrachits' Christmas Dinner, and two episodes from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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Dr. Paul Rich is a Harvard alumnus and during college days was chair of the junior common room of his residential college (Dunster) and active in student organizations. He has had a lifelong interest in the history of higher education and was a student at Harvard of the historians of universities Robert Ulich and Frederick Rudolph. His doctoral thesis examined the relationship of education to the development of the Middle East and Arabian Gulf. He is a life member of the education honor society Pi Lamda Theta and of the international education society Phi Beta Delta, of which he is past president.

Ivan Turgenev (1818 -1883) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches, is a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction. Turgenev's artistic purity made him a favorite of like-minded novelists of the next generation, such as Henry James and Joseph Conrad, both of whom greatly preferred Turgenev to Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. James, who wrote no fewer than five critical essays on Turgenev's work, claimed that "his merit of form is of the first order" (1873) and praised his "exquisite delicacy," which "makes too many of his rivals appear to hold us, in comparison, by violent means, and introduce us, in comparison, to vulgar things" (1896). The notoriously critical Vladimir Nabokov praised Turgenev's "plastic musical flowing prose," but criticized his "labored epilogues" and "banal handling of plots." Nabokov stated that Turgenev "is not a great writer, though a pleasant one," and ranked him fourth among nineteenth-century Russian prose writers, behind Tolstoy, Gogol, and Anton Chekhov, but ahead of Dostoyevsky. His idealistic ideas about love, specifically the devotion a wife should show her husband, were cynically referred to by characters in Chekhov's "An Anonymous Story.

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