Aleksandr Pushkin | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by André Gide

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Aleksandr Pushkin.
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Critical Essay by André Gide

SOURCE: "Preface to 'The Queen of Spades,'" in Reflections on Literature and Morality, Meridian Books, 1959, pp. 275-77.

In the following essay, Gide notes that the "clarity, balance, [and harmony" of Pushkin's prose works set them apart from other Russian fiction of the same period.]

French connoisseurs already know Pushkin's The Queen of Spades in Mérimée's translation. It might appear impertinent to offer now a new version, and I do not doubt that the earlier one will appear more elegant than this one, which has no merit other than its scrupulous exactness. That is its justification. A preoccupation with explaining and rounding off induced Mérimée to blunt somewhat the crystalline peaks of the tale. We have resisted adding anything to Pushkin&#x...

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