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Essays on Russian Novelists
William Lyon Phelps

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ESSAYS ON RUSSIAN NOVELISTS 

By William Lyon Phelps 

RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHARACTER AS SHOWN IN RUSSIAN FICTION 

The Japanese war pricked one of the biggest bubbles in history, and
left Russia in a profoundly humiliating situation.  Her navy was
practically destroyed, her armies soundly beaten, her offensive power
temporarily reduced to zero, her treasury exhausted, her pride laid in
the dust.  If the greatness of a nation consisted in the number and
size of its battleships, in the capacity of its fighting men, or in
its financial prosperity, Russia would be an object of pity.  But in
America it is wholesome to remember that the real greatness of a
nation consists in none of these things, but rather in its
intellectual splendour, in the number and importance of the ideas it
gives to the world, in its contributions to literature and art, and to

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