Category Archives: Tolstoy

an exchange re Tolstoy (and some things I learned) … plus, why it pays to keep one’s eye on others’ writing

    Elisabeth van der Meer has a new post on her site about Russian literature, which I follow avidly. “Tolstoy and Homer” https://arussianaffair.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/tolstoy-and-homer/   Ms. van der Meer notes: “… Tolstoy considered himself equal to Homer. He was so … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “биографический очерк Льва Николаевича Толстого” (“biographical sketch of Leo Tolstoy”; in Russian)

    Смотри ниже     ****************************************************************   This brief biographical sketch of Leo Tolstoy was written by me for a Russian class at New York University in the 1970’s. My student essay, in its original form, has been posted … Continue reading

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Leo Tolstoy and wife; photo and portraits

   

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spring

  In springtime, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding; Sweet lovers love the spring.   — William Shakespeare (from As You Like It)     ***********************************************     Как ни старались люди, … Continue reading

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