About the Author

John Woodsworth

John Woodsworth is a research associate with the Slavic Research Group at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Literary Translators' Association of Canada. He has been a professional translator for over forty-five years and has translated more than 20 books.

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Leo Tolstoy in Conversation with Four Peasant Sectarian Writers

The Doukhobors’ emigration to Canada was supported both morally and financially by none other than Leo Tolstoy, who saw in their manifest pacifism and simple Christian approach to life a practical embodiment of his own ideals.

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My Life

"Naturally, it would have been wrong and unworthy on my part not to be satisfied with my happy family life. But I solemnly promised myself that I would write the whole truth in my Autobiography and not hide all the bad things that happened to me."— from Part III

"I don't know that anyone has the right to deny any particular quality in a person and a writer, but this I personally knew for certain, that when my husband was a writer of fiction, I was happy, but when he became a religious thinker, my life and happiness clouded over."— from Part III   "While I was proofreading The Kreutzer Sonata for Volume XIII — a story I had never liked on account of its coarse treatment of women on the part of Lev Nikolaevich, it made me think about writing my own novel on the subject of The Kreutzer Sonata. This thought kept coming to me more and more frequently, to the point where I could no longer restrain myself. I did write this story, but it never saw the light of day and is now lying among my papers at the Historical Museum in Moscow."— from Part V

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Tolstoy and Tolstaya

Tolstoy and Tolstaya

A Portrait of a Life in Letters
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tagged : historical
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