I know I've been pretty quiet since the Centennial but with the
Twain/Tolstoy Symposium quickly approaching I have the Twain hat back on.
Right now I'm in the process of transcribing information about the interest
Russia had in Mark Twain's works. The first round of information has been
posted at the blog w/ photos of some Russia Twain books too!
Here's a sample:
"Mark Twain is one of the best known and most popular foreign authors in the
Soviet Union. His productions were first introduced to Russian readers in
the early 1870's. Mark Twain's story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of
Calaveras County" was translated into the Russian language in 1872, and ?The
Gilded Age? immediately after its publication in America; it was printed in
"Otechestvenniye Zapiski," a progressive Russian magazine headed by the
great Russian poet Nekrasov and by the illustrious satirist
Saltykov-Shchedrin. The first collection of Mark Twain's productions was
published in Russia, in 11 volumes, in 1890. The second edition of Mark
Twain?s works was published in the year of Mark Twain's death, and a
complete collection in 28 volumes appeared in 1911."