Engraved intheMemory: James Walker, Engraverto theEmpressCatherine the Great, andHisRussian Anecdotes. Edited and Introduced by Anthony Cross. Oxford and Providence, RI: Berg Press, 1993. viii, 192 pp. $39.95.

Engraved intheMemory: James Walker, Engraverto theEmpressCatherine the Great, andHisRussian... row was enchanted by Russia's greatest poet, but Krylov seems to have exercised an even greater charm on most of his countrymen, who found the fables irresistible; the history of 4Crylov translations is v i r t u a l a chronicle of Anglo-Russica for a century and a half. Translation of a different sort provides rich material for 'English Bards and Russian Tsars," an essay which exploits the panegyric ode and the unintended comic effects produced by archaic language and historical irony. Cross is probably indulging himself, but the reader will not com - plain. There are also two surveys, one on Russian perceptions of the English, and another on British awareness of Russia, which, taken together, demonstrate how the latter's appropriation and mastery of Western culture was mirrored in British understanding of the Russians. On the whole, the Russians appear to have made the greater effort, at least in the eighteenth century; for example, there was no Briton with a knowledge of Russian culture to match that of Karamzin's knowledge of British thought, politics and literature. In the next century, partly in consequence of their alliance, and later, of their rivalry, more Britons acquired a working http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian-American Slavic Studies Brill

Engraved intheMemory: James Walker, Engraverto theEmpressCatherine the Great, andHisRussian Anecdotes. Edited and Introduced by Anthony Cross. Oxford and Providence, RI: Berg Press, 1993. viii, 192 pp. $39.95.

Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Volume 30 (2-4): 303 – Jan 1, 1996

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row was enchanted by Russia's greatest poet, but Krylov seems to have exercised an even greater charm on most of his countrymen, who found the fables irresistible; the history of 4Crylov translations is v i r t u a l a chronicle of Anglo-Russica for a century and a half. Translation of a different sort provides rich material for 'English Bards and Russian Tsars," an essay which exploits the panegyric ode and the unintended comic effects produced by archaic language and historical irony. Cross is probably indulging himself, but the reader will not com - plain. There are also two surveys, one on Russian perceptions of the English, and another on British awareness of Russia, which, taken together, demonstrate how the latter's appropriation and mastery of Western culture was mirrored in British understanding of the Russians. On the whole, the Russians appear to have made the greater effort, at least in the eighteenth century; for example, there was no Briton with a knowledge of Russian culture to match that of Karamzin's knowledge of British thought, politics and literature. In the next century, partly in consequence of their alliance, and later, of their rivalry, more Britons acquired a working

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