Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Christmas Tale by Mrs. Oliphant

A Christmas Tale
by Mrs. Oliphant
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Volume 81, January 1857, page 74

The title of this short story is a misnomer: Christmas has nothing to do with the plot. This is well worth reading. Mrs. Oliphant does a masterful job in building suspense and a sense of terror.

The narrator finds himself stranded at a rural English train station after missing a connection. The local squire invites the narrator to his home for dinner, and the story develops from there. A compelling read.

Monday, April 18, 2011

My Life: The Memoirs of Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya

My Life: The Memoirs of Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya
ISBN-10 0776630423
ISBN-13: 978-0776630427
Available at Amazon

I have just ordered a copy of this book which I am certain will prove to be an important contribution to the English language library of memoirs written by Tolstoy's family members and friends. The tumultuous nature of the marriage of Sofia and Leo Tolstoy has been the subject of a number of books over the decades, but what better way to get Sofia's point of view than from her own pen.