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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $14.50
  • June 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92797-9
  • 432 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Fathers and Children

Norton Critical Editions

Second Edition


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Ivan Turgenev (Author), Michael R. Katz (Editor, Translator, Middlebury College)


Michael R. Katz’s acclaimed translation of Turgenev’s greatest novel is again the basis for this Norton Critical Edition.

The English rendition of the title of this novel has been problematic since the book’s publication in 1862. In his prefatory note to the Second Edition, Katz explains his decision to return to the original title, the one preferred by the author himself: Ottsy i deti, literally “Fathers and Children.”

The novel is accompanied by a rich selection of Turgenev’s letters that illustrate his involvement in the critical controversy that surrounded the publication of Fathers and Children. Four of the most significant critiques of the day—by Dmitry Pisarev, Nikolai Strakhov, Apollon Grigorev, and Alexander Herzen—further enhance the reader’s understanding of this critical firestorm.

Twenty-three critical essays—seven of which are new to the Second Edition—are organized around several themes: the issue of translation; politics, including Turgenev’s liberalism, his view of revolution, and his attitude toward nihilism; and various literary aspects, including Turgenev’s use of imagery, generational conflict, the role of women, and the growing impact of science on society.

A Chronology of Tolstoy’s life and work and an updated Selected Bibliography are also included.


    Preface to the Second Edition and Note on the English Title

    Preface to the First Edition

    The Text of Fathers and Children

    The Author on the Novel

    1. Ivan Turgenev, Apropos of Fathers and Sons
    2. From Turgenev’s Letters
      1. P. V. Annenkov to Tugenev, September 26 (October 9), 1861
      2. To P. V. Annenkov, October 1 (13), 1861
      3. To M. N. Katkov, October 1 (13), 1861
      4. To M. N. Katkov, October 27 (November 8), 1861
      5. To M. N. Katkov, October 30 (November 11), 1861
      6. To F. M. Dostoevsky, March 18 (30), 1862
      7. To A. N. Maykov, March 18 (30), 1862
      8. To A. A. Fet, March 19 (31), 1862
      9. To A. A. Fet, April 6 (18), 1862
      10. To K. K. Sluchevsky, April 14 (26), 1862
      11. A. I. Herzen to Turgenev, April 8 (21), 1862
      12. To Ludwig Pietsch, January 22 (February 3), 1869
      13. To Ludwig Pietsch, May 22 (June 3), 1869
      14. To P. V. Annenkov, December 20, 1869 (January 1, 1870)
      15. To Ya. P. Polonsky, December 24, 1869 (January 5, 1870)
      16. To I. P. Borisov, December 24, 1869 (January 7, 1870)
      17. To A. F. Onegin, December 27, 1869 (January 8, 1870)
      18. To A. P. Filosofov, September 11 (23), 1874
      19. To A. P. Filosofov, September 11 (23), 1874
      20. To M. E. Saltykov, January 3 (15), 1876
      21. To A. V. Toporov, November 26 (December 8), 1882

    The Contemporary Reaction

    1. Dmitry I. Pisarev, Bazarov
    2. N.N. Strakhov, Fathers and Sons
    3. Apollon Grigorev, [Nihilists]
    4. Alexander Herzen, Bazarov Once Again


    1. Edmund Wilson, [On Translating Turgenev]
    2. Glyn Turton, The Historical Context of Fathers and Sons
    3. David Lowe, Father and Daughter in Turgenev’s Ottsy i deti
    4. Nina Nikitina, The Manuscript of I. S. Turgenev’s Novel ‘Fathers and Sons’
    5. Sir Isaiah Berlin, Fathers and Children: Turgenev and the Liberal Predicament
    6. Ralph E. Matlaw, Fathers and Sons
    7. Irving Haw, The Politics of Hesitation
    8. Richard Freeborn, Turgenev and Revolution
    9. Pam Morris, Fathers and Sons and “The Woman Question”
    10. Richard Stites, Nihilism and Women
    11. Jane Costlow, [Odintseva’s Bath and Bazarov’s Dogs]
    12. Elizabeth Cheresh Allen, [Time in the Novel]
    13. Jane T. Costlow, “Oh-là-là” and “No-no-no” Odintsova as Woman Alone in Fathers and Children
    14. Michael R. Katz, Fathers and Sons (and Daughters)
    15. Gary Saul Morson, Two Kinds of Love
    16. Kathryn Feuer, Fathers and Sons: Fathers and Children
    17. David A. Lowe, The Dialectics of Turgenev’s Ottsy i deti
    18. Mikhail Bakhtin, [On Characters’ Language]
    19. Michael Holquist, Bazarov and Secenov: The Role of Scientific Metaphor in Fathers and Sons
    20. Harold Schefski, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” and Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons
    21. Russell S. Valentino, A Wolf in Arkadia: Generic Fields, Generic Counterstatement and the Resources of Pastoral in Fathers and Sons
    22. Donald Fanger, The Influence of Dostoevsky and Chekhov on Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons
    23. Robert L. Jackson, The Turgenev Question

    Ivan Turgenev: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography