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Tolstoy by Henri Troyat
1969 Dell Stated First, Paperback 924 pages
Measures 7x4x1.5" Weighs 14 ounces

Condition: Good.
Richly colored cover has usual shelf wear and some dings, mainly at corners. Inside is CLEAN and TIGHT.
Spine is good, though sunned. Text is crisp and bright and illustrations are clean.
Back cover tiny bit missing from the back cover corner edge.

"1. Before Leo Tolsloy
Napoleon and Alexander I might exchange sociable letters or
recall their ambassadors, promise their peoples peace or
plunge them into war, sacrifice thousands of soldiers at Eylau
or embrace at Tilsit; but old Prince Nicholas Sergeyevich
Volkonsky, who had been living in retirement on his family
estate of Yasnaya Polyana since 1800, turned a deaf ear to
the clamor of a world in which he no longer had a place.
No one knew quite why he had suddenly withdrawn from
public life. Some of the people who knew him best intimated
that he had too much character to remain in the shadow of
the throne: years before, he had refused to marry young
Varenka Engelhardt, niece—and mistress—of Potemkin, the
dreaded favorite of Catherine II, with the comment, "What-
ever possessed him to imagine that I would marry his
whore?" Yet, despite this arrogant retort, or perhaps because
of it, the empress had favored him. Appointed captain in the
Guards, he accompanied her to Mogilev to meet Joseph II
of Austria. Then, rising swiftly through the ranks, he became
ambassador extraordinary to the king of Prussia, commander
of the Azov Musketeers, and finally general and military
governor of Arkhangelsk, on the shores of the White Sea.
This little -to -be -envied post in a glacial climate had been
conferred upon him by Tsar Paul I, who succeeded Cath-
erine the Great, but whether as a mark of special favor or
disgrace it was impossible to tell. In any event, Prince Vol-
konsky wasted no time in coming to blows with his new
sovereign, whose splenetic and capricious temperament had
already terrified all Russia. When, after some trivial profes-
sional incident, he received a letter from the emperor omit-
ting the traditional "1 remain your benevolent sovereign" at
the bottom of the page, he surmised that his career was at an
end and, taking the initiative, quickly asked to be relieved of
active duty."

Tolstoy by Henri Troyat Biography, Illustrated with Rare Photographs Paperback Dell First Edition 1969


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