First Love

First Love (1860) is Turgenev's most autobiographical story, based on his own boyhood infatuation with an older young woman, his country neighbor, Catherine Shakovskoy (Zinaida character), and later discovery that she was his father's mistress. Retrieved from his collection, The Torrents of Spring (1897), translated by Constance Garnett. [Photo of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, before 1918.] It is reminiscent of one of our favorite boyhood "crush" stories, Araby by James Joyce.

First Love, photo of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaeyna
Table of Contents


Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

Chapter XIV

Chapter XV

Chapter XVI

Chapter XVII

Chapter XVIII

Chapter XIX

Chapter XX

Chapter XXI

Chapter XXII

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