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Creatures That Once Were Men
Maxim Gorky

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CREATURES THAT ONCE WERE MEN 

By MAXIM GORKY 

INTRODUCTORY. 

By G.  K.  CHESTERTON. 

It is certainly a curious fact that so many of the voices of what
is called our modern religion have come from countries which are
not only simple, but may even be called barbaric.  A nation like
Norway has a great realistic drama without having ever had either
a great classical drama or a great romantic drama.  A nation like
Russia makes us feel its modern fiction when we have never felt
its ancient fiction.  It has produced its Gissing without
producing its Scott.  Everything that is most sad and scientific,
everything that is most grim and analytical, everything that can
truly be called most modern, everything that can without
unreasonableness be called most morbid, comes from these fresh

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