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Tolstoy Journal, August 12, 2017: “Everything, everything I understand, I understand only because I love.”

The featured image is from Tolstoy: The Inner Drama by Hugh I’Anson Fausset. The only information in the book about it is that it is from the Maudes’ biography of Tolstoy and it is Tolstoy in 1906. I have read up to page 297 of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 12, 2017: “Everything, everything I understand, I understand only because I love.”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 9, 2017: “The horrible paradox” of Russia.

The featured image is of Leo and Nikolai Tolstoy. Nikolai is the brother who told the story about the Ant Brotherhood and the green stick. Some thought he also could have been a great writer. I am up to page 216 of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi or… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 9, 2017: “The horrible paradox” of Russia.

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Tolstoy Journal, August 8, 2017: “soul-secrets hidden from us”

The featured image is a photography of Leo Tolstoy’s wife, Sofia, taken from the new book, Tolstoy and Tolstaya: A Portrait of a Life in Letters, which you can read a new review of here. I have to page 189 of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, and am in the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 8, 2017: “soul-secrets hidden from us”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 3, 2017: “He was only a child; but he knew his own soul.”

Well, I have transferred all the texts of this blog into a word document and the word count is 58,731. Not bad. I have now read up to page 75 of Volume IX of the Works or Chapter V of Part Sixth of Anna Karenina. What stood out to me was the section on Anna’s… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 3, 2017: “He was only a child; but he knew his own soul.”

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Tolstoy Journal, February 18, 2017, “The incessant worm of perfectibility.”

Here are some more quotes from the Simmons biography. pp. 26-27 “Up to the age of nine Lyovochka’s formal education was neither systematic nor thorough. His own inclination, however, and the example of his elders over this period, unquestionably encouraged that informal but valuable kind of instruction obtained from reading good books. There is no… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, February 18, 2017, “The incessant worm of perfectibility.”