Best Russian Short Stories

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Best Russian Short Stories  (1917) 
by Thomas Seltzer
Published in 1917 & 1925 [see (External scan) for 1917 edition]


BEST


RUSSIAN


SHORT


STORIES

compiled and edited

by thomas seltzer

the modern library • new york



copyright, 1917, by boni & liveright, inc.
copyright, 1925, by the modern library, inc.


Best Russian Short Stories Image from pg 4.jpg

Random House is the publisher of

T H E M O D E R N L I B R A R Y

bennett a. cerf - donald s. klopper - robert k. haas

Manufactured in the United States of America

Printed by Parkway Printing Company    Bound by H. Wolff



CONTENTS

Page
Introduction vii
The Queen of Spades A.S. Pushkin 1
The Cloak N.V. Gogol 29
The District Doctor I.S. Turgenev 61
The Christmas Tree and the Wedding  F.M. Dostoyevsky 71
God Sees the Truth, but Waits L.N. Tolstoy 79
How a Muzhik Fed Two Officials M.Y. Saltykov 88
The Shades, a Phantasy V.G. Korolenko 97
The Signal V.M. Garshin 124
The Darling A.P. Chekhov 134
The Bet A.P. Chekhov 147
Vanka A.P. Chekhov 155
Hide and Seek F.K. Sologub 160
Dethroned I.N. Potapenko 172
The Servant S.T. Semyonov 192
One Autumn Night M. Gorky 199
Her Lover M. Gorky 209
Lazarus L.N. Andreyev 215
The Revolutionist M.P. Artzybashev 235
The Outrage A.I. Kuprin 245
The Seven That Were Hanged L. N. Andreyev 1
The Red Laugh L. N. Andreyev 103
The Gentleman from San Francisco Ivan Bunin 197


Compilation and introduction:

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The author died in 1943, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 

Anonymous translations included in 1917 edition

This work was published before January 1, 1923 and it is anonymous or pseudonymous due to unknown authorship. It is in the public domain in the United States as well as countries and areas where the copyright terms of anonymous or pseudonymous works are 96 years or less since publication.
 


"The Seven That Were Hanged"

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When date of author's death comes after the 1917 anonymous translations, the resulting later copyright expiration date of the original work (in the countries that use that date) takes precedent over the earlier copyright expiration date of the translation:

Andreyev

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1919, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 

Korolenko

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1921, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 

Artsybashev

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 

Potapenko

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1929, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 

Gorky

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1936, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 

Kuprin

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1938, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
This is a translation and has a separate copyright status from the original text. The license for the translation applies to this edition only.
Original:

[Bunin story]

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1953, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
Translation: [Bunin story]
This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was legally published within the United States (or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the United States Headquarters Agreement) before 1964, and copyright was not renewed.
For Class A renewals records (books only) published between 1923 and 1963, check the Stanford Copyright Renewal Database and the Rutgers copyright renewal records.
For other renewal records of publications between 1922 - 1950 see the Pennsylvania copyright records scans.
For all records since 1978, search the U.S. Copyright Office records.

The author died in 1953, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
This is a translation and has a separate copyright status from the original text. The license for the translation applies to this edition only.
Original:

[Sologub story]

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
Translation:

[Sologub story]

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1966, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
This is a translation and has a separate copyright status from the original text. The license for the translation applies to this edition only.
Original: [Tolstoy story]
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
Translation:

[Tolstoy story]

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1939, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
This is a translation and has a separate copyright status from the original text. The license for the translation applies to this edition only.
Original: "The Darling"
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
Translation:

"The Darling"

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1943, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
This is a translation and has a separate copyright status from the original text. The license for the translation applies to this edition only.
Original:

"The Bet"

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
Translation:

"The Bet"

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1957, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
This is a translation and has a separate copyright status from the original text. The license for the translation applies to this edition only.
Original: "Vanka"
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
Translation:

"Vanka"

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1946, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.