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When Miss Emmie Was in Russia: English Governesses Before, During and After the October Revolution

A Russian Upstairs, Downstairs, but one scented with the cordite and fear of revolution, and with a cast of devotedly loyal and capable British governesses. Miss Emmie is an intimate and revealing portrait of pre-Revolutionary Russian society which, contrary to received wisdoms, reveals a complex, liberal and humane society, full of enormous potential and past achievement. It is also the biography of five intrepid women who, by travelling abroad and working as governesses in Russia, achieved an intellectual dignity, a purpose and an authority which was denied them in their homeland. The extraordinary personal adventures of these women, as they negotiate the turmoil and terrifying anarchy of Revolution and Civil War, turns the book into a page-turning thriller.

Harvey Pitcher's previous works include the seminal The Chekhov Play: A New Interpretation, Chekhov's Leading Lady and Chekhov: The Early Stories (co-translated with Patrick Miles). After graduating from St John's College, Oxford, he started the Russian Department at St Andrews University. A lifelong Chekhov enthusiast who is now regarded as the leading translator of Chekhov's literary works, he is now a full-time writer and lives in Norfolk.

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