Beyond Holy Russia

The Life and Times of Stephen Graham

by Michael Hughes

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Book Description

This biography examines the long life of the traveller and author Stephen Graham. Graham walked across large parts of the Tsarist Empire in the years before 1917, describing his adventures in a series of books and articles that helped to shape attitudes towards Russia in Britain and the United States. In later years he travelled widely across Europe and North America, meeting some of the best known writers of the twentieth century, including H.G. Wells and Ernest Hemingway. Graham also wrote numerous novels and biographies that won him a wide readership on both sides of the Atlantic. This book traces Graham's career as a world traveller, and provides a rich portrait of English, Russian and American literary life in the first half of the twentieth century. It also examines how many aspects of his life and writing coincide with contemporary concerns, including the development of New Age spirituality and the rise of environmental awareness.

Beyond Holy Russia is based on extensive research in archives of private papers in Britain and the USA and on the many works of Graham himself. The author describes with admirable tact and clarity Graham's heterodox and convoluted spiritual quest. The result is a fascinating portrait of a man who was for many years a significant literary figure on both sides of the Atlantic.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Beyond Holy Russia ebook for free in PDF format (22.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chasing the Shadow
 
Chapter 2
Searching for the Soul of Russia
 
Chapter 3
The Slow Death of Holy Russia
 
Chapter 4
The Pilgrim in Uniform
 
Chapter 5
Searching for America
 
Chapter 6
A Rising or Setting Sun?
 
Chapter 7
New Horizons
 
Chapter 8
A Time of Strife
 
Chapter 9
The Pilgrim Reborn?
 

Book Details

Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2014
Pages
372
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781783740123
ISBN10
1783740124
ISBN13 Digital
9781783740147
ISBN10 Digital
1783740140
PDF Size
22.5 MB
License
CC BY

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