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“In Praise of Tolstoy”

“What an exquisite artist Tolstoy could be if he set himself to write a purely artistic work in which his obsessive ideas of the betterment of mankind took second place.”

– David Magarshack

Misguided man! Read Samuel Johnson: “It is always a writer’s duty to make the world better.”

This truth Tolstoy knew and attempted to practice as fervently as any writer ever.

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