St. Petersburg: 1855. Item #208
Pp. 333-348. 24x15 cm. Modern binding. Original printed wrapper preserved. Some soiling and stains of some pages, pen marks on the
front wrapper, occasional foxing. Otherwise very good.
The short story was based on Tolstoy’s first impressions from being in Sevastopol in November 1854 when there was pause in active military actions. He had the first idea for an essay on Sevastopol at the time, and he started to work on it in 1855 (first draft title was ‘Sevastopol
in Different Phases, and Idyll of Officer’s Life’). It was published with a notice that author is going to send new stories about Sevastopol
every month. Even though censor corrections were made, the story was signed by Tolstoy and publication was very warmly reviewed. This
work and the whole Sevastopol sketches series was an important step towards the development of Tolstoy’s realism and an experience as war correspondent and journalist.