DREAM TALES AND PROSE POEMS ... Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett. Ivan Turgenev.

DREAM TALES AND PROSE POEMS ... Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett. London: William Heinemann, 1897. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v [vi] [1-2] 3-323 [324] [note: first leaf is a blank], original tan cloth, front, spine and rear panels stamped in black, publisher's monogram stamped in black on rear panel, all edges untrimmed. First edition of this translation. Collects "Clara Militch," "Phantoms," "The Song of Triumphant Love," "The Dream," and "Poems in Prose." Stories of Russian life. Issued by Heinemann as their Volume X of "The Novels of Ivan Turgenev." A "major literary figure, who in his later years wrote horror novellas and short stories ... Born into the nobility but actively sympathetic to the peasants and critical of the monarchy; spent much of his life in Paris in the circle of Zola and Flaubert. Turgenev's adulation of the Russian peasantry is reflected in his horror fiction, which is laced with Russian folklore and supernaturalism and with compassionate portraits of the desperately poor. Yet his warmhearted storytelling ambiance is a foil for a horror vision that is often cold and severe ... Turgenev's pessimistic vision of innocence destroyed by unstoppable evil echoes the late-nineteenth-century English tradition of Le Fanu, Machen, and Hardy. The mysticism in stories such as 'The Dream' (1876) and the psychic vampirism in the novella 'Clara Militch' (1882) were influential in the evolution of the modern horror story." - Sullivan, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. pp. 428-9. Ettlinger and Gladstone, Russian Literature, Theatre and Art: A Bibliography of Works in English, Published Between 1900-1945, p. 53. Reginald 14334. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Cloth worn at front corner of lower spine end, endpapers and page edges lightly foxed, a very good copy. (#151550).

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