Dr. Mark Scott is Professor of History and Humanities at Pepperdine University. He obtained his B.A., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas. His previous publications include Konstantin Paustovsky: White Rainbow and Other Romantic Tales; Ivan Bunin: Wolves and Other Love Stories; Guy de Maupassant: The Artist’s Model and Other Love Stories; Ann Stringer: Bravo, Amerikanski! and Other Stories from World War II; Yanks Meets Reds: Recollections of US and Soviet Vets from the Linkup in World War II (published in English, Russian and German editions). He has also published articles in various scholarly journals. Dr. Scott has taught at various universities in both the Midwest and California.
2005 0-7734-6044-6 This is a collection of short stories by one of the best-loved authors in the USSR, Konstantin Paustovsky, who remains popular in Russia even after the collapse of Soviet communism. The collection includes not only some of his best-known works, but also many minor stories that have not been previously translated into English. Many of these should be of interest not only to Russian-language specialists, but also to the general reading public. Russian literary critics have long considered Paustovsky a master of the Russian language. The introduction to this collection analyzes the stylistic, thematic, and historical aspects of his work.
2006 0-7734-5800-X This work is a collection of American eyewitness accounts of one of the most hazardous military operations of World War II - the Murmansk Run. From 1941 to 1945 convoys of U.S. merchant ships transported cargoes to the northern Russian ports of Murmansk, Archangel, and Molotovsk. The itinerary included the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Iceland, and the USSR. The convoys faced numerous mortal threats, often simultaneous, on their way to Russia. While in the USSR, crew members then had to contend with the many peculiarities of the Soviet environment. This work is a contribution to scholarship in that 1) the often unvarnished accounts are based on interviews conducted with both Merchant Marine and Navy veterans of the convoys; 2) the accounts detail not only combat operations, but also describe the interaction of U.S. personnel with the populace of Stalin’s Russia; 3) only one account in the collection has been previously published; and 4) the book includes previously unpublished photographs of wartime Murmansk. The collection should be of interest to libraries in the U.S, Canada, U.K., and Russian Federation, as well as to the general reading public.