By Michael Hughes

This biography examines the lengthy lifetime of the traveler and writer Stephen Graham. Graham walked throughout huge elements of the Tsarist Empire within the years sooner than 1917, describing his adventures in a chain of books and articles that helped to form attitudes in the direction of Russia in Britain and the U.S.. In later years he travelled broadly throughout Europe and North the United States, assembly the very best recognized writers of the 20 th century, together with H.G.Wells and Ernest Hemingway. Graham additionally wrote quite a few novels and biographies that received him a large readership on either side of the Atlantic. This e-book lines Graham's profession as an international traveler, and gives a wealthy portrait of English, Russian and American literary existence within the first half the 20 th century. It additionally examines what number points of his lifestyles and writing coincide with modern matters, together with the improvement of latest Age spirituality and the increase of environmental knowledge. past Holy Russia is predicated on wide learn in records of non-public papers in Britain and the united states and at the many works of Graham himself. the writer describes with admirable tact and readability Graham's heterodox and convoluted religious quest. the result's a desirable portrait of a guy who used to be for a few years an important literary determine on either side of the Atlantic.

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11 Whilst Graham senior was reluctant to ascribe any definite metaphysical meaning to the natural world, he consciously rejected the post-Darwinian sense that the beauty of the countryside represented nothing more than the accidental by-product of natural selection. It was a view echoed many years later by his son, who found in his massive hikes through the Russian countryside a sense of mystery that hinted at realms of meaning lying far beyond the limited horizons of the material world. The extent to which Anderson Graham was a real countryman is open to debate.

Dostoevskii and Britain (Oxford: Berg, 1995). 20 On the Great Game see Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in 24 Beyond Holy Russia Nor was Anglo-Russian antagonism simply a matter of geopolitics. G. 22 This long tradition of Russophobia had nevertheless become subject to challenge by the time Graham picked up his translation of Crime and Punishment a few years into the twentieth century. The publication in 1877 of Donald Mackenzie Wallace’s magisterial Russia had provided a British audience with a more substantial account of the country than the usual pot-pourri of travellers’ tales that so often shaped popular views of Russia.

E. Henley, contained a series of articles on topics ranging from ‘Birds-Nesting’ through to ‘The Harvest Labour’. Although most of the pieces were quite light-hearted, if sometimes marred by a rather laboured whimsy, their author did occasionally intersperse his meditations with more serious reflections on the state of rural society. 10 Although Anderson Graham did not share the naturemysticism of Richard Jefferies, he provided a sensitive account of his work, showing how Jefferies’ love of the countryside provided him with a sense of meaning missing elsewhere in his life.

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