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Alexandra Popoff

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Alexandra Popoff is the author of two books of nonfiction, Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography (2010) and The Wives: The Women Behind Russia's Literary Giants (2012). Born and educated in Moscow, she wrote for Russian national newspapers and magazines early in her career. As a 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow, she published articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. After coming to Canada in 1992, she obtained post-graduate degrees in Russian and English literature. Popoff taught Russian literature and history classes at the University of Saskatchewan before turning to literary biography. She has also contributed to Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and Publishers Weekly.

Photograph ©The Philadelphia Inquirer

Alexandra Popoff

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Alexandra Popoff is the author of two books of nonfiction, Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography (2010) and The Wives: The Women Behind Russia's Literary Giants (2012). Born and educated in Moscow, she wrote for Russian national newspapers and magazines early in her career. As a 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow, she published articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. After coming to Canada in 1992, she obtained post-graduate degrees in Russian and English literature. Popoff taught Russian literature and history classes at the University of Saskatchewan before turning to literary biography. She has also contributed to Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and Publishers Weekly.

Photograph ©The Philadelphia Inquirer

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

A. Gardening–I’m interested in horticulture.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Paris

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. The raspberries I grow in my garden

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To die before completing my next book.

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