In the Lands of the Romanovs: An Annotated Bibliography of First-hand English-language Accounts of the Russian Empire (1613-1917), by Professor Anthony Cross, from OpenBook Publishers, available to read here.
The most comprehensive bibliography of first-hand accounts of the Russian Empire ever to be published, In the Lands of the Romanovs is the product of years of painstaking research by one of the world’s foremost authorities on Anglo-Russian relations. Providing full bibliographical details and concise, informative annotation for over 1200 titles, this volume will be an invaluable reference and research tool for anyone with an interest in contacts between Russia and the West during the centuries of Romanov rule.
Ranging chronologically from the accession of Mikhail Fedorovich in 1613 to the abdication of Nicholas II in 1917, this ambitious and wide-ranging work includes personal records of residence in or visits to Russia by writers ranging from diplomats to merchants, physicians to clergymen, gardeners to governesses, as well as by participants in the French invasion of 1812 and in the Crimean War of 1854-56.
In the Lands of the Romanovs was published on 12 May 2014. It is also available at Wikiversity, where contributors can add and expand entries on the books covered.
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.