Thomas Newlin
Articles by Thomas Newlin

Tolstoy the Peasant: A “Myth” Revisited

To what extent was the “myth” of Leo Tolstoy-as-peasant purveyed by Ilya Repin merely that—a myth? Was it, in fact, not a myth at all?  Tolstoy was no peasant, for sure, but the fact remains that he spent the better part of his adult life dressing like one. What was he up to?

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