“Russia Loves Her Poets, but She loves Her Poet Sons More than Her Poet Daughters…” (“Sophia Parnok, The LIfe and Work of Russia’s Sappho”, by Diana Lewis Burgin, New York University Press, New York and London, 1994

In the minds and hearts of most Russians, including memoirists of either sex, male geniuses in interest and importance; male […]

“His Majesty Begs Her Excellency the Countess Tolstoy to Enter”, said the Footman ( from “The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy”, translated by Cathy Porter, Harper Perennial, 1985, 2009)

“I followed him to the Tsar’s study and he bowed and left. The Tsar Alexander III came to the door […]