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The first major writing to gain recognition for Ivan Turgenev these short stories reflect his own observations of the abuse of the peasants and the injustice of the Russian system. The publication of the stories led to his house arrest, and contributed to the abolishment of serfdom.
In his day E. P. Roe was a bigger seller than Mark Twain.
A story of the Chicago fire.
"We accord a hearty commendation to this work. The narrative is vigorous, often intense, but rarely if ever melodramatic.
Its language is usually no less chaste than forcible and impressive.
It betrays a power of invention and description which is not met with every day in the best of writers of popular fiction."
-- Dr. Ripley, in the New York Tribune (contemporary review)
A fictionalised 'autobiography' of the true story of a dog named 'Beautiful Joe'.
Joe's abusive original owner savagely mistreated him.
The book became very popular and greatly contributed to the worldwide awareness of animal cruelty.
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