Alexandra Popoff

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Alexandra Popoff is the award-winning author of literary biographies Sophia Tolstoy (2010), The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants (2012), and Tolstoy’s False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov (2014). Her book The Wives became a Wall Street Journal “Best Book of the Year.” Popoff taught Russian literature and history at the University of Saskatchewan before turning to literary biography. She has contributed to Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Born and raised in Moscow, she now lives in Canada.

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Based on a cache of new, original sources, Alexandra Popoff debunks the common perception that Sophia Tolstoy was a bitter, unsupportive wife.
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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You live and learn.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. This sounds like a job interview, so I’ll reply “being a perfectionist.”

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Gardening–I’m interested in horticulture.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I want to be myself and to make the best use of my abilities.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I never thought of this, but do I have to identify with someone?

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