William Nickell: “The Author is Dead: Long Live the Author”

William Nickell: “The Author is Dead: Long Live the Author”

On October 28, 1910, Leo Tolstoy vanished. When he turned up at Astapovo, all of Russia was following the story. In The Death of Tolstoy (Cornell, 2010), Dr. Nickell describes a Russia engaged in a war of words over how this story should be told. Drawing on newspaper accounts, personal correspondence, police reports, secret circulars, telegrams, letters, and memoirs, he examines the national and international significance of the event.

William Nickell is Lecturer in Russian at UCSC.