This antiquarian book contains Gorky Maxim's 1906 novel, "The Mother". It is a moving and thought-provoking narrative of the parallel between the evolution of one man's mother and the evolution of Mother Russia. Mother is uneducated and has been beaten in her life, and has a loving son who wants to protect her. The son is a revolutionary. As the mother starts to read and educate herself, she becomes close to the revolutionaries who frequent her house, and eventually risks it all to make Russia a better society. Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (1868 - 1936) was a Russian writer and political activist who founded the Socialist Realism literary method. This seminal book has since been translated into many languages and adapted for the screen numerous times. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern edition, complete with a new prefatory biography of the author.