LESSON ONE (THE FIRST LESSON)
Text: John Reed's Biography (by Albert Rhys Williams) Grammar: I. Причастие I перфектное (Participle I Perfect) (« I. P. 463)
2. Притяжательный падеж с неодушевленными су ществительными (§ 2, р. 464)
Revision: Participle I (Simple), Participle II (Tabic 9, p. 502)
JOHN REED’S BIOGRAPHY (by Albert Rhys Williams)
Albert Rhys Williams was born in the United States in 1883 and died in 1962.
He arrived in Russia as a journalist in 1916 and stayed in the country to see the end of World War 1 and the historic days of the Great October Socialist Revolution. Williams was one of the first foreigners to join the Red Army. Later he became one of the organizers of the International Battalion of the Red Army. From that time Albert Rhys Williams was always a true friend of the Soviet Union.
For many people all over the world, and particularly for those1 in the English-speaking countries, "Ten Days that Shook the World" by John Reed, was the first introduction to the Great October Socialist Revolution. The book was one of the first to tell2 the people in the West the truth about the Russian Revolution.
Born in Portland, Oregon, on October 22, 1887, John Reed took after his father, who was a fighter by nature.
After leaving school, John Reed went to Harvard, Ame rica’s most famous university.
Having taken his degree , John-Reed entered the wide world outside the walls of the university. Soon he was in great demand as a writer of articles, stories, poems and plays, which were published in all the leading journals and magazines. As a journalist he travelled widely over the Uni ted States, and the experience he gained during these trips brought him closer to the workers. He got to know their life very well and took an active part in their struggle.