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You can now download Literary Heritage for free

December 16, 2013

It is now possible to download pdfs of almost every volume of the excellent Literary Heritage (Литературное наследство).

Very useful for research, and it makes for fun browsing. For example, I had no idea there was an entire volume on Vasilii Sleptsov. Here you can read Sleptsov mocking Leskov’s only play, The Spendthrift (Расточитель, 1867) for its heavy-handed meaningful surnames and melodramatic fifth act, on top of which Sleptsov suggests most of it is stolen from Sukhovo-Kobylin. It’s entertaining, but maybe not as funny as Leskov’s literary caricature of Sleptsov (=Beloiartsev) running an almost all-female progressive commune.

Thanks to Alexandra Smith for posting the link on SEELANGS!

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