Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Setchkarev, Vsevolod. Ivan Goncharov: His Life and His Works, Wòrzburg, Germany: Jal-Verlag, 1974, 339 p.

Critical biography of Goncharov designed to "provide an introduction to the life and work of this undeservedly neglected writer."


Ehre, Milton. Oblomov and His Creator: The Life and Art of Ivan Goncharov. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1973, 295 p.

Comprehensive study of Goncharov's career and works, highlighting stylistic and structural elements of his writings as they relate to the understanding of his oeuvre.

Kropotkin, P. "Goncharóff." In Ideals and Realities in Russian Literature, pp. 151-62. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919.

Examines Goncharov's novel Oblomov, particularly the all-consuming lethargy, or "oblomovism," of its title character.

Lyngstad, Alexandra and Sverre. "The Art of Goncharov." In Ivan Goncharov, pp. 149-66. Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1971.

Examines the artistic method of Goncharov's novels and evaluates the place of these works in European literature.

Manning, Clarence A. "Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov." The South Atlantic Quarterly 26, No. 1 (1927): 63-75.

Investigates Goncharov's works as examples of Russian literary conservatism.

Mays, Milton A. "Oblomov as Anti-Faust." Western Humanities Review XXI, No. 2 (Spring 1967): 141-52.

Contrasts the figure of Ilya Ilyich Oblomov with that of Faust, arguing that the former is a manifestation of Freud's death instinct.

Pritchett, V. S. "The Great Absentee." In The Living Novel, pp. 228-34. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947.

Praises Oblomov and Goncharov's portrait of its title character as "the sublime sluggard and absentee."

Rapp, Helen. "The Art of Ivan Goncharov." The Slavic and East European Review XXXVI, No. 87 (June 1958): 370-95.

Evaluates Goncharov's literary style, especially his emphasis on the portrayal of character.

Additional coverage of Goncharov's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 1.