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Alexandra Popoff

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

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You live and learn.

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

A. Gardening–I’m interested in horticulture.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

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

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I’m not the one to judge.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?


“Perfect happiness” is a myth.



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