A prolific writer of short stories, character sketches, dramas, and novels, Ivan Turgenev responded to the social issues of the time. The author wrote in 19th century Russia, and has been said to work with the competing ideologies of a humanistic aesthetic and a rising materialistic social paradigm. His profound influence on English and American writers has led him to be called the novelist's novelist. This title, Ivan Turgenev, part of Chelsea House Publishers’ Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of Ivan Turgenev through full-length critical essays by expert literary critics. In addition, this title features a short biography on Ivan Turgenev, a chronology of the author’s life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.