Between the time of Pushkin (1799-1839) and that of Tolstoi (1828-1910), a series of writers matured -Gogol, Belinski, Dostoevsky, etc.- whose work has had a catalytic effect on world literature. This was the classic age of Russian letters. The writers of this period, so very dissimilar in nature and style, each seem to be sewing pages and chapters into the same book. Their writing displays all the virtues of well-crafted fiction: polyphony, multiple facets and perspectives, tightly woven plots, intense passion, vivid scenes, and characters who remain graven in our minds thanks to their personalities and their roles in this fascinating tale. With his carefully researched and elegant narration, Mitsos Alexandropoulos succeeds in running a difficult course: from the work to the writers and from there to their role in History. Five major writers, five thrilling portraits which permit a wider appreciation of great Russian literature.