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Re: Romanov books
« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2005, 04:05:22 PM »
Try Abebooks.com - you can even get first edition Barclays at a quite reasonable price. Millionaire Girl is by Arthur Marchmont, but I've never come across it available anywhere.

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Re: Romanov books
« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2005, 02:59:17 PM »
 Nicky read the book "Madame Chrysantheme".
I think that it is in French.
Does somebody know about this book?

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Re: Romanov books
« Reply #32 on: October 21, 2005, 05:44:34 AM »
I have found the ifm about the " Madame Chrysanteme".
It was published in 1888 , in France. The author's name: Pierre Loti
It became the first Western romance to be set in Japan and ushered in the vogue for all things Japanese.
It also inspired Puccini's oper Madame Butterfly.
The novel is autobiographical and tells the story of a French leutinant and his geisha in the 1880s in Japan,
when it was becoming westernised.

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Re: Romanov books
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2010, 04:47:14 PM »
The Narratives of a Hunter by Turgenyev, and the works of Lesskov were the favorite tomes of the Emperor.
I am reading Turgenyev's "A Hunter's Sketches" right now. They are very enjoyable, but perhaps not for Anglo-Saxon sensibilities: E.g. "I did not like the expression
of his face when he finished off a wounded bird with his teeth." !!!

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Re: Romanov books
« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2013, 12:10:51 PM »
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Janet:
I read The Rosary and The Postern Gate by Barclay after seeing that they read them - man, those were tough going.
Any tips on how to find some of these books? Suggested web sites?

Here is an online version of "The Rosary" by Florence Barclay. Interesting that this light romantic novel, featuring a duchess and a nurse, was read by grand duchesses working as nurses.
Березы севера мне милы,
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: Ивы и березы, 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Books That the Romanovs Read
« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2014, 06:12:57 PM »
From the book "The Romanovs" by Lincoln: post abdication he has the IF reading "The 3 Muskuteers, The Scarlet Pimpernel, as well as books by Turgenev, Tolstoy Saltykov-Schedrin. Other sources have Alexanadra reading Anna Karennia. They also read Greenmantle by John Buchan (which is online) Then there is the Russian 1905 best seller "The Duel" by Alexander Kuprin which Nicholas heard about but I don't know if he read it since it is a less than flattering portrayal of the Russian armys officer corps.

The book "Romanov Autumn" has this to say on GD Serge A. He was a well read man according to one german prince who knew him. He knew all the great Russian writers of his day. Also when Tolstoy wanted to get Alexander III to pardon the assassins of Alexander II he gave his petition to Serge. The account of him supposedly forbidding Ella to read Anna Karennnia comes from Paleogue  diary which may have just been him repeating gossip.

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Re: Books That the Romanovs Read
« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2014, 09:05:43 AM »
Sorry to restart this old topic, but I just posted link on my page about books the family read when under arrest. It is from "Russia Last Romanovs: In Their Own Words", where we listed the books which were found at the Ipatiev house after the family's murders. Here is the link, it may be of interest to some you. https://www.facebook.com/DiaryOfOlgaRomanovRoyalWitness/photos/a.124297104286228.15365.113360175379921/750975174951748/?type=1&theater

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Re: Books That the Romanovs Read
« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2014, 08:04:30 PM »
Did any of the children read Peter Pan or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?  I know that I re-read Peter Pan so many times when I was young.

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Re: Books That the Romanovs Read
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2014, 03:14:16 PM »
Did any of the children read Peter Pan or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?  I know that I re-read Peter Pan so many times when I was young.

Peter Pan has never been mentioned as a book any of the Imperial Family read, but it would seem a natural for alll of them. J. M. Barrie's play of that name was a success in  London in 1904 so Alexandra 's English relations might have heard of it. But it was published in England and the US in1911 and was a literary success. All the Romanov children were of prime story-book age at that time , the book was in easy English, and, most of all, it was classic children's fare and  with wholesome family values , you might say. As well as being bourgeois and sentimental. Did I mention its main characters included a (perpetually) youngish  boy and adolescent  (or pre-adolescent )girl?

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