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Imperial Russian Literature on Tour

Beginning Monday, June 21, 2010, we’ll be celebrating White Nights on the Neva as Imperial Russian Literature goes on a virtual tour of the blogosphere. Check out these participating blogs where you’ll find reviews.

The button for this tour is a picture of St. Petersburg and the Neva River on a “white  night.” It was taken by Incandenzafied of Flickr and used under a Creative Common License. The caption for this image on Flickr? “Yep, real pretty there.” Feel free to use the button to promote your participation in the blog tour. Please download it to your computer first.

Monday, June 21        Only Words To Play With Thoughts on Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, and/or Tolstoy
Monday, June 21        So Many Books Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov

Tuesday, June 22       Sasha & The Silverfish The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
Tuesday, June 22       The Researcher’s Tale A Hero of Our Time Tale by Mikhail Lermontov

Wednesday, June 23 Time Enough At Last Dead Souls by Gogol
Wednesday, June 23 Notes from the North Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Thursday, June 24     A Literary Odyssey Fathers and Sons by Turgenev
Thursday, June 24     Pining for the West Virgin Soil or Liza by Turgenev

Friday, June 25           Inside Books undecided
Friday, June 25           A Few of My Favourite Books First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Saturday, June 26      Books and Chocolate The Shooting Party or short story collection by Anton Chekhov

Sunday, June 27         The Reading Life Diary of A Superflous Man by Turgenev
Sunday, June 27         November’s Autumn Rudin by Turgenev

Monday, June 28        Shelf Love The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov

Tuesday, June 29        Becky’s Book Reviews War and Peace or Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
Tuesday, June 29        Tell Me A Story The Steppe and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Wednesday, June 30 Wuthering Expectations A Russian Gentleman and A Russian Childhood by Sergei Aksakov
Wednesday, June 30 Reading Through Life Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

Thursday, July 1 Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Dostoevsky
Thursday, July 1         Life is a Patchwork Quilt The Russian poets of the Imperial Age (i.e. Pushkin, Lermertov

Friday, July 2               Rundpinne The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy and Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Friday, July 2               Radiant Light The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Saturday, July 3          Stiletto Storytime The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Sunday, July 4             things mean a lot Short stories by Anton Chekhov

Monday, July 5           BookNAround Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
Monday, July 5           Lizzy’s Literary Life The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tuesday, July 6           The Blog Jar Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevksy
Tuesday, July 6           A Common Reader Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, July 7    Fleur Fisher Reads Fathers and Sons by Turgenev

Thursday, July 8        First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice Ward No. 6 and Other Stories by Anton Checkhov
Thursday, July 8        Sparks’ Notes Anna Karenina by Tolstoy

Friday, July 9              eclectic / eccentric House of the Dead by Dostoyevsky
Friday, July 9              Review, Rewrite, and Rewind Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Saturday, July 10      my books. my life. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, July 11          Ardent Reader Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Sunday, July 11          Rob Around Books Chekhov’s characters

Monday, July 12        Bibliolatry Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
Monday, July 12        Reading, Writing, Working, Playing Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Tuesday, July 13        Bookie Mee Short story or stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky or LeoTolstoy
Tuesday, July 13        In Spring it is the Dawn Short stories from The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

Wednesday, July 14        Sophisticated Dorkiness Short stories by Anton Chekhov
Wednesday, July 14        Paperback Reader A Russian Affair by Anton Chekhov

Thursday, July 15  Adventures of an Intrepid Reader War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Thursday, July 15  Bluestalking Diary of a Superfluous Man by Ivan Turgenev

Friday, July 16        Rebecca Reads Selections from the Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader
Friday, July 16        The Zen Leaf Dead Souls by Gogol
Friday, July 16        A Book Lover The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

Please note: If you are participating in this tour and the information above is incorrect or you need to make a change to your tour day, please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing classicscircuit [at] googlegroups [dot] com. Someone from the Committee will update the schedule.

If you missed sign up and you would like to be added to the schedule at this late point, we still have a few free slots and we can fit you in. Just e-mail us at classicscircuit [at] googlegroups [dot] com.


White Nights along the Neva: Vote for the June Circuit

Today’s the last day to take our Feedback Survey! We’re using this as a way to make the Classics Circuit even better, and it’s your chance to influence the future of th

e Circuit. It’s pretty brief, so please take a moment to fill it out if you haven’t yet done so.

To coincide with White Nights (the days around midsummer during which the sun never sets in St. Petersburg), we will be hosting a Russian themed tour beginning mid-June. Rather than selecting an author, this poll is to select a time period:

  • Imperial Russia: nineteenth-century authors including Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Alexander Pushkin, Anton Chekhov, and Ivan Turgenev.
  • Soviet Russia: early twentieth-century authors including Mikhail Bulgakov, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Nina Berberova, and Leon Trotsky.

The survey has now been closed.

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I Love Paris in the Spring Time: Vote for the April Circuit

We love Paris in the springtime, and in April we will be traveling to Paris to visit one of these four classic nineteenth century French authors.

  • Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) is one of the most widely read French novelists today. His historical novels of high adventure were often serialized, capturing the attention of the French public then and entertaining generations still.
  • Victor Hugo (1802-1885) contributed largely to the romantic movement in France, through his essays, stories, novels, poetry, and plays. His works focus on the social and political issues of his time. Although most well known in France for his poetry, his novels (such as Les Miserables) are more well known outside of the country.
  • George Sand (1804-1876) was the pen name for Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, who is called the first female novelist of France. Although she lived an unorthodox life for nineteenth century France, Sand did not describe herself as a feminist. Her fiction focuses on the restrictions and challenges that women face because of social class and gender.
  • Emile Zola (1840-1902) became an important contributor to the literary school of naturalism. He wrote numerous short stories, four plays, and more than a dozen books. His books focus on how environment and heredity inevitably affect human character.

Which author would you like to visit the Circuit in April?


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Vote for the March Circuit Author: Modern Genre Classics

It’s time to vote for the March tour. We decided to go with something a little bit lighter: Modern Genre Classics. While there are many genres represented in the classics, here are just four that we’d love to see on tour. Read the rest of this entry »

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Coming in the Next Months

Although the Wilkie Collins tour is winding down this week, Elizabeth Gaskell is going strong. I hope to post the January Edith Wharton schedule in the next few days (dates were emailed a few weeks ago, we’re just slow given the U.S. holiday). Then next week, we will begin sign up for the February tour. We’ll be keeping sign up open for a few weeks, and with the holidays, we’ll try to make sure there are options for anyone who choses to be unplugged those two weeks. Around the new year, we’ll post a poll with March options, and sign up for the March tour will be in January.

If you are able to, make sure you check back here next week for sign up to host The Harlem Renaissance on your blog. I have been reading about it and gathering information together for you to read and I am quite excited about all the options!

Thanks for all the enthusiasm and for all the wonderful blog posts we’ve seen so far for Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell!

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The Winner is….

Edith Wharton will visit the Classics Circuit in January!

Out of 54 votes, 40% voted for Edith Wharton, 27% for John Steinbeck, 16% for Mark Twain, and 14% for Willa Cather.

We will only be doing one tour in January at this point. I’m hoping that even if your selected author wasn’t chosen, you may be inspired to read some of his or her work during January anyway!

Sign up will be either next week or the next. I am also hoping to post a poll so you can share your feedback on the Circuit thus far. (Note: Do not sign up on this post!)

I hope you are enjoying this first week of the Collins tour! Keep reading those classics!

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Wilkie Collins Tour: Dates Assigned

If you signed up for the Wilkie Collins Classic Circuit, we’ve sent you an email with your assigned dates. It has come from me (Rebecca Reads) or from Bella (A Bibliophile’s Bookshelf). If you haven’t received it, check your spam folder. If you still haven’t received it, send me a note at rebecca [at] rebeccareid [dot] com. Once we know that the schedule will work for the participants, we’ll post it up here so everyone can follow the tour come November.

The Wilkie Collins tour has a total of 29 stops, beginning November 2 and going until December 11! While there is some overlap on books that will be reivewed, overall, it looks like a great, varied tour. I’m really excited for it.

Tomorrow evening, I’ll post the sign up for the overlapping Elizabeth Gaskell tour. I think that one will be great as well!

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