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Writing Anna Karenina

Ilya Tolstoy remembers the creation of Anna Karenina: I Remember my father writing his alphabet and reading-book in 1871 and 1872, but I cannot at all remember his beginning “Anna Karenina.” I probably knew nothing about it at the time. What did it matter to a boy of seven what his father was writing? It

The Tolstoys’ Life In The Country

Ilya Tolstoy, the son of the great writer, reminisces about his childhood in the country: From my earliest childhood until the family moved into Moscow — that was in 1881 — all my life was spent, almost without a break, at Yasnaya Polyana. This is how we live. The chief personage in the house is