Classics of Russian Literature

Classics of Russian Literature, by Irwin Weill (Teaching Company) ★★★★
I originally started to listen to this series several years ago and found it to be somewhat boring. I made it through about 4 lectures. Recently, I devoted myself to reading Dostoevsky and returned to this series. Having read some Russian literature, Weill began to make sense, and I found the series to be considerably more enjoyable. Weill’s attention is definitely directed toward Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. He spends several lectures apiece on 20th-century writers, though Solzhenitzen is given only one lecture. Many of the 20th-century authors were quite appealing after Weill’s discussion, but the particular book or play was either unavailable on or moderately expensive, and not available for Kindle. This was a touch frustrating. In all, Weill presents an appealing presentation for delving into Russian Literature and an excellent summary for the person versed in the Russian author.