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.
Alexander Blok (1880-1921) was the leader of Russian poetry's Silver Age, so named because it was rated second only to Alexander Pushkin's Golden Age of poetry.
Click here for Blok's famous poem of 1918, Scythians (Skifi).
Catskin Week was a Russian Orthodox festival celebrated in Spring.
As the cover of the first edition of her best-known work, Poems of Passion might suggest, Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919) was a popular American author and poet, whose work was marketed at women. She is credited with the now tired line "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone", from another poem, Solitude.
Nabokov was fascinated by 'philistinism', or poshlost' in Russian. He defined a philistine as a vulgarian, someone who was bourgeois in the 'Flaubert sense', ie not as a state of pocket but as a state of mind.