"The Wild West fiction of Captain Mayne Reid (1818-83), translated and simplified, was tremendously popular with Russian children at the beginning of this century, long after his American fame had faded "
St Petersburg's Dom Knigi (Book House), where Russians still buy most of their books
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This Russian love for outmoded Western literature - here, fiction by Captain Mayne Reid, continued right until the end of the 20th century; when Western tourists began to visit Russia in the 1990s as it opened up, they were amazed to see that the American short story writer O.Henry (pronounced "O.Genry" in Russian), Dale Carnegie, Sherlock Homes, John Galsworthy and Agatha Christie still enjoyed huge popularity despite having been virtually forgotten back home.