Portrait of Tolstoy by Ilya Repin ‘Tolstoy: A Very Brief Biography in Verse’ by William Walters The Society May 6, 2019 Classical Literature, Culture, Humor, Poetry 6 Comments Dust to lust to disgust to trust to must to just to dust. Wm. Walters is a professor of English and linguistics at Rock Valley College, in Rockford, IL. His poems have appeared in literary magazines such as Chiron Review, Foliate Oak, and The Recusant and in the Cowboy Poetry Press poetry/fiction anthology Unbridled II. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Monty May 6, 2019 These words, to me, sound less like a ‘brief bio’, and more like one person’s opinion/perception of the man. Reply C.B. Anderson May 6, 2019 W.W., you don’t give us much to go on, but though it’s probably true that Tolstoy isn’t read much these days, Henry Fonda now is also dust. If nothing else, you are a minimalist. I’ll look you up if I ever travel to Rock Valley. Reply Radice Lebewsu May 6, 2019 Albeit a bauble, neatly done, in the tradition of Bentley or Nash. Reply Nathaniel McKee May 7, 2019 Well, this has made me want to look up a short biography of Tolstoy now so I can see these stages play out. Reply Wm. Walters May 7, 2019 Nathaniel, Not sure there’s a good short biography on this incredibly complex man. There are some fine long ones though–particularly A.N. Wilson (500-600 pp.) and Henri Troyat (700-800 pp.). And, of course, there are some largely autobiographical characters in the novels. But, again, nothing’s short–War and Peace (pressing 2,000 pp.), Anna Karenina (about 1,000 pp.), and Resurrection (a good 500 pp.). The autobiographical essay “Confession” might be the best place to start. It’s probably not even a hundred pages–pretty short for Tolstoy! Wm. Walters Reply Radice Lebewsu May 12, 2019 When I lived in Russian House at the University of Washington in Seattle, we were only allowed to speak Russian, and we had to have Russian names; I took the name Andrei [sic] from Tolstoy’ s “War and Peace”. Even at that young age, I was discovering the fluidity of names. One insignificant detail, which I found interesting, was that the first colour photograph in Russia was of Tolstoy, from which the following bilding+ [sic] came. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) at 82: The First Colour Photograph in Russia He’s sitting on a slatted, wicker-like, white chair, whose right arm his right arm rests on, and right hand holds, while his left hand lies on his lap. Up in the air, his left black boot and gray-pant leg there overfold across his right leg firmly planted on the ground. His long-sleeved blue shirt his old shoulders’ contours mold, down which his long white whiskers fall in strands around his light-brown, round face, and serious countenance, as if at something grim he had recently frowned. He sits before a sun-lit background’s dark tree trunks, beyond, which are vague shrubberies and branches bare, before, which is his stare, pushed keen and out in front… as if it were a mountain waterfall’s despair. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.