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Lot 4328: Alexandra Tolstoy I WORKED FOR THE SOVIET 1934 Author-Signed First Edition Memoir By Daughter Of Leo Tolstoy Handwritten Letter Laid In (114 views)

Alexandra Tolstoy I WORKED FOR THE SOVIET 1934 Author-Signed First Edition Memoir By Daughter Of Leo Tolstoy Handwritten Letter Laid In
Estimate: $70 - $200
Title: I Worked for the Soviet
Author: Alexandra Tolstoy - Alexandra Lvovna Tolstaya, also known by her nickname Sasha, was the youngest daughter and secretary of the noted Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.

Although Alexandra Lvovna shared with her father the doctrine of non-violence, she felt it was her duty to take part in the events of World War I. For her courage, the Russian government awarded her three St George Medals and the rank of colonel.

The Bolsheviks imprisoned Alexandra in 1920, but she was installed as the director of the Tolstoy museum in Yasnaya Polyana the next year. She left Soviet Union in 1929, and settled in the United States, where she founded the Tolstoy Foundation.

In later years, she helped many Russian intellectuals (notably Vladimir Nabokov and Sergei Rachmaninoff) to escape Bolshevik persecution and to settle in America.
Translor: Alexandra Tolstoy, Roberta Yerkes
Publisher: Yale University Press
City: New Haven
Year: 1934
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: vii/254 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this memoir by the daughter of Leo Tolstoy. Inscription on front flyleaf reads "To Mrs. Margaret / Knight with deep feeling / of respect and / friendship. / Alexandra L. Tolstoy / August 18. 1943." In addition, a signed handwritten letter in envelope is laid in. Content of letter is as follows: Dear Mrs. Knight / Thank you once more / with all my heart for / your warm reception, I / had a wonderful time! / Are you coming today? / The show is at 4 p. m. / We will be so happy / to see you. / With best regards to / you and your sister. / Devotedly yours / Alexandra Tolstoy. Sunday."

Antique volume is bound in green cloth, with stamped gilt lettering and publisher's logo to spine. Book shows foxing and sunning to covers. Binding is sound. Interior is clean and without markings. Price-clipped front flap of dust jacket is laid in.

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