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Friday, December 17, 2010

Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace Weighs In

On this day in 1867, the Moscow News made this announcement of the book that would almost immediately and permanently make most 'great novels' lists: 'War and Peace. By Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Four volumes (80 sheets). Price: 7 rubles. Weight parcel post: 5 pounds. The first three volumes delivered with a coupon for the fourth.' Readers found that several more volumes/pounds/rubles were needed over the next two years, but in the estimate of one of the leading Russian critics of the day, there should be no complaint.
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