Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Profile of Leo Tolstoy from 1891

The Atlantic Monthly has been around for a long time. Long enough, in fact, to have published a profile of Count Leo while he was still alive. 'The count, who had been mowing, appeared at dinner in a grayish blouse and trousers and a soft white linen cap. He looked even more weather-beaten in complexion than he had in Moscow during the winter, if that were possible. His broad shoulders seemed to preserve in their enhanced stoop a memory of recent toil. His manner, a combination of gentle simplicity, awkward half-conquered consciousness, and half-discarded polish, was as cordial as ever. His piercing gray-green-blue eyes had lost none of their almost saturnine and withal melancholy expression.' More...

No comments: