Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Conversation to Envy

Rosamund Bartlett reports in Tolstoy: A Russian Life (Profile Books, 2010):

“Before he died in 1910, Tolstoy lived to see the movie camera, the motor car, the phonograph and the typewriter, and even talked to Chekhov on the telephone.”

[In 1886, Chekhov had written a story titled "The Telephone."]

1 comment:

Jordanian Joe said...

And we can say with confidence that the two Russian giants did not talk about the latest novel selling out of bookstores in St. Petersburg and Moscow or what themes were central to either of their work. This was undoubtedly a "Can you hear me now?" moment in literary life.