The Lower Depths

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Courier Corporation, May 18, 2016 - Drama - 66 pages
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This compelling 1902 play, considered Gorky's masterpiece, centers on a group of wretched souls who congregate to play cards, tell stories, and debate whether it is better to live without illusions or to maintain a romanticized worldview. A powerful, influential drama, hailed for its realistic and memorable characterizations.
 

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Section 1
1
Section 2
21
Section 3
37
Section 4
55
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Political activist and founder of the socialist realism literary method, Maxim Gorky (1868 1936) was a devoted Bolshevik until the 1917 Revolution, after which he lived in exile until Stalin enticed his return. The first of Russia's great proletarian writers, Gorky wrote short stories and novels that drew upon his own experiences for realistic portrayals of hardship and misery.

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