Lectures on Russian Literature
Here Nabokov focuses on several works from each of Russia's many greats: Chekhov, Dostoevski (who he greatly disliked), Tolstoy, Turgenev, Gorki, and Gogol. Nabokov's lectures on Alexander Pushkin, the pillar of modern Russian literature, are to be found elsewhere.
"Russian Literature" as a notion, an immediate idea, this notion in the minds of non-Russians is generally limited to the
awareness of Russia's having produced half a dozen great masters of prose between the middle of the nineteenth century
and the first decade of the twentieth.
This, however, is a somewhat personal subject, and it is here that I shall stop.