Winter 1947 • Vol. IX No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1947 |

Gorky and the Master Friends

Reminiscences by Maxim Gorky. Dover Publications. $2.75. In the course of his long revolutionary career, marked by so much painful self-education, literary success, and a stubborn dedication to basic human values stronger than his formal political beliefs, Maxim Gorky wrote several volumes of reminiscences that are peculiarly valuable. The finest of these are Childhood, which was turned into one of the few great Russian films of the 1930's; My University Days, and the notes on Tolstoy which are the raison d'être of this little volume, and surely among the most beautiful things ever written by one human being on the character of another. The present edition includes Gorky's reminiscences of Chekhov, almost as fine as the Tolstoy and less notable only because the subject was less complex. If one misses the selections from Chekhov's notebooks that were in the original English edition, this one is rounded out more dramatically with Gorky's often acrid memories of two friends from t

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