Russia in 1919

Arthur RANSOME (1884 - 1967)

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: On August 27, 1914, in London, I made this note in a memorandum book: "Met Arthur Ransome at_____'s; discussed a book on the Russian's relation to the war in the light of psychological background--folklore." The book was not written but the idea that instinctively came to him pervades his every utterance on things Russian. The versatile man who commands more than respect as the biographer of Poe and Wilde; as the (translator of and commentator on Remy de Gourmont; as a folklorist, has shown himself to be consecrated to the truth. The document that Mr. Ransome hurried out of Russia in the early days of the Soviet government (printed in the New Republic and then widely circulated as a pamphlet), was the first notable appeal from a non-Russian to the American people for fair play in a crisis understood then even less than now. The British Who's Who--that Almanach de Gotha of people who do things or choose their parents wisely--tells us that Mr. Ransome's recreations are "walking, smoking, fairy stories." It is, perhaps, his intimacy with the last named that enables him to distinguish between myth and fact and that makes his activity as an observer and recorder so valuable in a day of bewilderment and betrayal. - Summary by B. W. Huebsch

Genre(s): Memoirs, Modern (20th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Prefatory Notes Expatriate
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Play 01 To Petrograd Expatriate
00:12:49
Play 02 Smolni Expatriate
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Play 03 Petrograd to Moscow Expatriate
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Play 04 First Days in Moscow Expatriate
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Play 05 The Executive Committee on the Reply to the Prinkipo Proposal Expatriate
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Play 06 Kamenev and the Moscow Soviet Expatriate
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Play 07 An Ex-Capitalist Expatriate
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Play 08 A Theorist of Revolution Expatriate
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Play 09 Effects of Isolation Expatriate
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Play 10 An Evening At the Opera Expatriate
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Play 11 The Committee of State Constructions Expatriate
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Play 12 The Executive Committee & the Terror Expatriate
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Play 13 Notes of Conversations With Lenin Expatriate
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Play 14 The Supreme Council of Public Economy Expatriate
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Play 15 The Race With Ruin Expatriate
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Play 16 A Play of Chekhov Expatriate
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Play 17 The Centro-Textile Expatriate
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Play 18 Modification in the Agrarian Programme Expatriate
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Play 19 Foreign Trade & Munitions of War Expatriate
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Play 20 The Proposed Delegation From Berne Expatriate
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Play 21 The Executive Committee on the Rival Parties Expatriate
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Play 22 Commissariat of Labour Expatriate
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Play 23 Education Expatriate
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Play 24 A Bolshevik Fellow of the Royal Society Expatriate
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Play 25 Digression Expatriate
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Play 26 The Opposition Expatriate
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Play 27 The Third International Expatriate
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Play 28 Last Talk With Lenin Expatriate
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Play 29 The Journey Out Expatriate
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