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By Michael Hughes

This biography examines the lengthy lifetime of the visitor and writer Stephen Graham. Graham walked throughout huge elements of the Tsarist Empire within the years prior to 1917, describing his adventures in a chain of books and articles that helped to form attitudes in the direction of Russia in Britain and the us. In later years he travelled greatly throughout Europe and North the US, assembly the very best recognized writers of the 20th century, together with H.G.Wells and Ernest Hemingway. Graham additionally wrote quite a few novels and biographies that gained him a large readership on each side of the Atlantic. This e-book lines Graham's profession as an international visitor, and offers a wealthy portrait of English, Russian and American literary existence within the first half the 20th century. It additionally examines what percentage facets of his existence and writing coincide with modern matters, together with the improvement of latest Age spirituality and the increase of environmental knowledge. past Holy Russia is predicated on vast study in documents of non-public papers in Britain and the us and at the many works of Graham himself. the writer describes with admirable tact and readability Graham's heterodox and convoluted religious quest. the result's a desirable portrait of a guy who used to be for a few years an important literary determine on each side of the Atlantic.

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Graham used this incident as the basis of a short story, ‘The Shadow’, which appeared in Stephen Graham, Quest of the Face (London: Macmillan, 1918), pp. org/details/questofface00grah. Chasing the Shadow 29 intention, fearing that they might dissuade him, for he was more nervous than he admitted about making such a drastic move. Even so, whilst his decision to move to Russia in the hope of earning his living from his pen was undoubtedly brave, it was one he made knowing that his father was now in a position to offer a modest degree of financial support (Country Life paid its editor generously, and by the outbreak of the First World War Anderson Graham was rich enough to build a fine Lutyens-designed house in Hertfordshire).

10 P. Anderson Graham, Nature in Books (London: Methuen, 1891), p. x. 20 Beyond Holy Russia the poet’s religious views or rejected them as incoherent and immature. 11 Whilst Graham senior was reluctant to ascribe any definite metaphysical meaning to the natural world, he consciously rejected the post-Darwinian sense that the beauty of the countryside represented nothing more than the accidental by-product of natural selection. It was a view echoed many years later by his son, who found in his massive hikes through the Russian countryside a sense of mystery that hinted at realms of meaning lying far beyond the limited horizons of the material world.

He could also be heard from time to time pacing up and down his bedroom reciting old Scottish ballads for hours on end. The fictional Belfort achieved some success by writing about agricultural issues – as did Anderson Graham – and his absence from home on periodic tours around Britain was welcomed by his wife and children who relished the peace that reigned when he was away. The brittle marriage that Stephen Graham portrayed in Lost Battle finally came to an end when Belfort left home for a much younger woman.

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