Sheila G. Ray
Although the stories which she has written for young people do not have a contemporary setting, E. M. Almedingen does manage to convey the sense of spaciousness, the richness of tradition and the mixed character of the Russian people which are still as true of the country as they were before 1917. Even though the political system was very different in the days of which she writes in most of her books, they may nevertheless help to understand the way of life in Eastern Europe….
[She] was an expert on Russian history and many of her books reflect this fact. (p. 301)
The Poltoratzkys represent E. M. Almedingen's maternal relations. Catherine von Almedingen, the heroine of Little...
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