We are blessed as readers to have, alongside the mature writer of Anna Karenina and War and Peace, and the revolutionary mystic of the later years, the young Tolstoy who wrote these elegiac tales, the first of which was published in 1852, when he was only twenty-three. In their sensitivity to nature and their evocations of fugitive emotions, they reveal his genius in all its untroubled early splendor.
About the Author
Nikolai Tolstoy is a highly recognized and acclaimed historian and biographer. He was the sole beneficiary of his stepfather's will and is one of the trustees of O'Brian's estate.