L. N. Tolstoy Tolstoy's Diaries

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Tolstoy's Diaries

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Towards the end of his life, Tolstoy, author of "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina", said of the daily records that he had kept all his life: "the diaries are me". They open in 1847 with Tolstoy recovering from gonorrhoea, and, spanning the following 60 years, they paint a portrait of Tolstoy's political, moral and literary beliefs.

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Text: English, Russian (translation)

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In 1963, Feuer, who died in 1992, was one of a handful of American scholars permitted for extended periods in the Soviet Union on cultural exchange. In this scholarly work (originally her 1965 doctoral dissertation), published posthumously by her daughter Robin Feuer Miller (who accompanied her mother to the Soviet Union as a child), Feuer explains how Tolstoy, inspired by Decembrist events in Russia in 1856, intended War and Peace to be but the first volume of a Decembrist trilogy. Feuer also maps out differences among the numerous drafts of the novel as well as the many evolutions of the characters. Because she based her research on Tolstoy's own rough drafts of War and Peace, her work covers new ground. Feuer's study makes a good companion to a new, abridged edition of Tolstoy's diaries, compiled by Christian (Russian, St. Andrew's Univ.). The diaries date from 1847 to 1910, the year of Tolstoy's ignoble death in an obscure train station. At the end of his life in particular, Tolstoy the diarist unflinchingly reveals his unique personality?at once generous and avuncular and tyrannical and intolerant. His tumultuous 48-year marriage to Sofya Behrs unfolds painfully in the diaries; in this relationship in particular kernels of themes explored in his novels emerge. Christian has divided the diaries into six sections, each covering approximately ten years and containing a brief yet extremely informative introduction. Tolstoy did not keep orderly diaries, often scribbling on whatever was available, and the endnotes provide much useful detail about sources. Both works offer first-rate scholarship and deserve to be added to Russian literature collections.?Diane G. Premo, SILS, SUNY at Buffalo
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