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Tolstoy’s Letters Volume 2: 1880-1910

Leo Tolstoy
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‘This country’s leading Tolstoy scholar has selected, edited and translated a two-volume set of Tolstoy’s Letters, which represents academic publishing of the highest kind.’ Yorkshire Post

Leo Tolstoy was unquestionably the most prolific letter-writer of all the great Russian novelists of the nineteenth century. In this selection of his correspondence, meticulously edited by R. F. Christian, readers can discover Tolstoy’s views about his own work and that of other writers, his evolving attitudes towards the times through which he lived, and his deep meditations on family, friends, and himself.

This second of two volumes of the Letters spans the years 1880-1910.

‘Professor Christian’s selection is a major act of scholarship and publication.’ George Steiner, Sunday Times

‘Both scholarly and easy to read . . . exceptionally rewarding.’ Raymond Williams, Guardian

‘Enthralling and deeply moving . . . English Tolstoyans will not be extravagant if they attach to this work Thucydides’ epigraph “A possession for ever.”‘ Sir William Hayley, Times


Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 -1910) is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time, principally for his War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878). George Steiner has praised him as ‘a colossus bestriding the palpable earth, evoking the realness, the tangibility, the sensible entirety of concrete experience.’ Born in Yasnaya Polyana to a family of old…

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