Appendix C: The Democratic Age, Pt 3 (Harold Bloom's Western Canon)

Bloom's third appendix basically covers nineteenth-century lit. This one I've split into three parts: this final section covers the debut of two great literatures, the Russian and the American. Please don't add anything to this list that doesn't appear in Appendix C under 'Russia' or 'The United States.' Unless otherwise noted, Bloom doesn't cite specific Russian translations. (The major cases where he does so are for the poetry of Pushkin, Lermontov and Blok, and some stories of Gogol and Turgenev. The rest is open, so I've made my own recommendations where I can. Most crucially is Guerney's Dead Souls from Yale, which is aptly gonzo: it is the perfect English reading experience for that bizarre book and no other edition need be attempted. In the case of Chekhov I have to go with Garnett, and the same for Dostoevsky, the latter of which is usually revised/modernized. For Tolstoy I vary but fall back on the revised editions of the Maudes' translations. I never recommend Pevear/Volokhonsky, for reasons I won't get into here, except in the case of Anna Karenina, which still reads solidly, in my opinion.)
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