Glen Petrie The Fourth King

ISBN 13: 9780006174097

The Fourth King

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From Publishers Weekly:

Russia's beloved poet Pushkin becomes in the hands of this gifted novelist (Hand of Glory and historian a romantic hero and misunderstood genius, whose easy morals have nothing to do with his stern morality. Released from house arrestimposed because of his presumed collusion in the Decembrist uprisingby Czar Nicholas, he returns to Moscow. At the opera, he glimpses Natalya, then 13, and is irrevocably hers. When they marry four years later, he assumes the support of the entire Goncharov family and becomes the underwriter of Natalya's appalling debts. His friends think her silly and unworthy; she is insensitive to his literary flavor, love of country, belief in God and obedience to his conscience, and what he conceives as truth. But far more serious than his growing disaffection with his wife is the stricture against publication, on the grounds of "unconscious disloyalty," of some of the most sublime and least subversive products of his pen. The reader is so caught up in his travail that the pages don't turn fast enough. And at the end, when Pushkin dies of a stomach wound that the doctors treat as indigestion, few eyes will be dry.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Petrie's fictionalized biography of Alexander Pushkin, Russia's greatest poet, deals mainly with Pushkin as lover rather than poet or social critic. It tells the story of his tragic marriage to impoverished beauty Natalya Goncharova, whose inexperience and selfishness gave Pushkin's powerful enemies their chance to engineer his downfall. Set against the glitter of imperial Russia, Pushkin's story has definite appeal for romance lovers. While this is a somewhat superficial portrayal of a giant of Russian literature, the drama of love and betrayal which is played out against a background of grand court balls and the palaces of Tsarskoye Selo should hold reader interest. For popular fiction collections. Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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