Friday, August 27, 2010
The Free Age Press
Interesting to find out that Chertkov helped create The Free Age Press when exiled in London in 1897. This is where he met up with the Maudes who would eventually translate much of Tolstoy into English, and Aylmer Maude would write the biography The Life of Tolstoy Later Years. But, it would seem that Chertkov and the Maudes had a falling out, judging by this undated letter from Tolstoy. Interesting that he praises their translations. I don't know how well Tolstoy understood English, but the Maude translations have been raked over the coals in the years that followed, most notably by Nabokov.