Nikolai Alexandrovich Dobrolyubov (1836-1861) became perhaps the foremost Russian philosopher and literary critic during his short but extremely productive life of only twenty-five years. An eminent Russian thinker, his works include texts on philosophy, sociology, aesthetics, literary criticism, ethics and pedagogics. The misrepresentation of his ideas by Marxists may be one reason why he is so little known in the West. For example the 14th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica grants him only brief mention. Strongly influenced by Hegel, Bruno Bauer, and Feurbach, this young genius unified literary and social criticism to an extent rare in world letters while thirsting for a just balance between personal freedom and social harmony. This fat volume contains excellent translations of many of his masterpieces including "What is Oblomoshchina?" "Realm of Darkness," and "When Will the Day Come?" The middle magisterial essay must surely rank among the very best literary critical essays written in any language.