Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fictional portrait of Tolstoy's sister

Faust - A Story in Nine Letters
by Ivan Turgenev
In A Lear of the Steppes and Other Stories
New York: Macmillan and Co., 1898

First published in 1855, the character Vera in Ivan Turgenev's Faust is said to be a fictional portrait of Leo Tolstoy's sister, Mariya Nikolayevna Tolstaya. The story is said to have infuriated Tolstoy. The relationship between Mariya Nikolayevna and Turgenev was in part to blame for the rift between Tolstoy and Turgenev.

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