Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I couldn't resist posting this wonderful 1910 New York Times review of Aylmer Maude's Life of Tolstoy. Be patient with the downloading time. This large spread covers a lot of territory and is filled with wonderful illustrations. Aylmer and Louise Maude were the Pevear and Volokhonsky of their time, although I don't think any translators or biographers have come close to the level of devotion the Maudes had for Tolstoy. Unfortunately, in his Lectures on Russian Literature, Nabokov was none too kind on the Maude translations, preferring his own which he used in lectures, but were not made available to a broader public.
BTW, I've linked a couple NYT sites on Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in the margin.