InEditing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, Susanne Fusso examines Mikhail Katkov's literary career without vilification or canonization, focusing on the ways in which his nationalism fueled his drive to create a canon of Russian literature and support its recognition around the world. In each chapter, Fusso considers Katkov's relationship with a major Russian literary figure. In addition to Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, she explores Katkov's interactions with Vissarion Belinsky, Evgeniia Tur, and the legacy of Aleksandr Pushkin. This groundbreaking study will fascinate scholars, students, and general readers interested in Russian literature and literary history.
Fusso's beautifully written study offers a behind-the-scenes account of a man who not only 'inspired vehement passions, both positive and negative,' but also published many of Russia's greatest nineteenth-century novels.
The appearance of the first English-language monograph about M. N. Katkov, the editor and man of letters, is an event.
~New Literary Observer
In making her case for Katkov's editorial clout, Fusso performs a tremendous scholarly service. She elegantly translates key passages from essays by Katkov that have remained largely unexamined by Western critics, tracking his ideological evolution from moderate progressive to reactionary.
~Times Literary Supplement
Fusso shows in this fascinating study how Katkov as editor dedicated his life both to the propagation of his beliefs and to the promotion of Russian literature. Among other things, her book is an account of the reception of Katkov from his own day to the present time as reflective of deep cultural currents in Russia.
~The Russian Review
Fusso shows convincingly that Katkov is much more than a footnote in the history of Russian literature.
~American Historical Review
As the first book-length study of Katkov in English, this volume fills a significant gap in the scholarly literature. This book rescues Katkov from earlier caricature and shows his vital place in the larger ecosystem of literary production in the age of the great Russian novel.
~The Modern Language Review