Beyond Holy Russia: The Life and Times of Stephen Graham, by Michael Hughes, from OpenBook Publishers, available to read here
This biography examines the long life of the traveller and author Stephen Graham. Graham walked across large parts of Tsarist Russia in the years before 1917, describing his adventures in a series of books and articles that helped to shape attitudes towards Russia in Britain and the United States. In later years he travelled widely across Europe and North America, meeting some of the best-known writers of the twentieth century, including H.G. Wells and Ernest Hemingway.
Beyond Holy Russia is based on extensive research in archives of private papers in Britain and the USA and on the many works of Graham himself. It traces Graham’s career as a world traveller, and provides a rich portrait of English, Russian and American literary life in the first half of the twentieth century. The author describes with admirable tact and clarity Graham’s heterodox and convoluted spiritual quest. The result is a fascinating portrait of a man who was for many years a significant literary figure on both sides of the Atlantic.
Beyond Holy Russia was published on 24 February 2014.