Beyond Holy Russia: The Life and Times of Stephen Graham

Beyond Holy Russia: The Life and Times of Stephen Graham Author: Michael Hughes
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This biography of the travel writer and novelist Stephen Graham is learned, elegantly written and an original and important contribution to the scholarly literature on Anglo-Russian cultural relations, while also maintaining strong appeal for the general reader. [...] 'Beyond Holy Russia' provides a full and deeply considered account of the long and prolific life of Stephen Graham, alive to all its cultural, political and personal paradoxes. At the same time, it gives a rich portrait of English, Russian and American literary life in the first half of the twentieth century and beyond.
Rachel Polonsky
 
This biography examines the long life of the traveller and author Stephen Graham. Graham walked across large parts of the Tsarist Empire in the years before 1917, describing his adventures in a series of books and articles that helped to shape attitudes towards Russia in Britain and the United States. In later years he travelled widely across Europe and North America, meeting some of the best known writers of the twentieth century, including H.G. Wells and Ernest Hemingway. Graham also wrote numerous novels and biographies that won him a wide readership on both sides of the Atlantic. This book traces Graham’s career as a world traveller, and provides a rich portrait of English, Russian and American literary life in the first half of the twentieth century. It also examines how many aspects of his life and writing coincide with contemporary concerns, including the development of New Age spirituality and the rise of environmental awareness.

Beyond Holy Russia is based on extensive research in archives of private papers in Britain and the USA and on the many works of Graham himself. The author describes with admirable tact and clarity Graham’s heterodox and convoluted spiritual quest. The result is a fascinating portrait of a man who was for many years a significant literary figure on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Please also visit Michael Hughes's dedicated blog on Stephen Graham.

The Anglo-Russian Research Network blog makes available for streaming a recording of Hughes's talk on Graham at the Research Network reading group in Spring 2013. The podcast is also available on SoundCloud. You can also read Jane Robbins Mize's interview with the author for Cultural Compass.

Title: Beyond Holy Russia: The Life and Times of Stephen Graham
Author: Michael Hughes
Publication Date: February 2014
Number of pages: xii + 357
Illustrations: 9
Dimensions: 6.14" x 9.21" | 234 x 156 mm
BIC subject codes: BGL (Biography: literary), WTL (Travel writing), 1DVUA (Russia)
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-012-3
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-013-0
ISBN Digital (PDF):
978-1-78374-014-7
ISBN Digital ebook (epub):
978-1-78374-015-4
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-78374-016-1
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0040
List of Illustrations
Epigraph
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Chasing the Shadow
2. Searching for the Soul of Russia
3. The Slow Death of Holy Russia
4. The Pilgrim in Uniform
5. Searching for America
6. A Rising or Setting Sun?
7. New Horizons
8. A Time of Strife
9. The Pilgrim Reborn?
Final Thoughts
Bibliography
Index
Michael Hughes is Professor of History at Lancaster University. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and was a British Council Scholar at Moscow University.  He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on Anglo-Russian political and cultural relations including: Inside the Engima: British Officials in Russia, 1900-1939 (1997) and Diplomacy Before the Russian Revolution: Britain, Russia and the Old Diplomacy, 1994-1917 (2000).
Please also visit Michael Hughes's dedicated blog on Stephen Graham.

The Anglo-Russian Research Network blog makes available for streaming a recording of Hughes's talk on Graham at the Research Network reading group in Spring 2013. The same podcast is also available on SoundCloud.