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A Public EmpireProperty and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia$
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Ekaterina Pravilova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159058

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159058.001.0001

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The Private Letters of National Literature

The Private Letters of National Literature

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(p.241) 7 The Private Letters of National Literature
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A Public Empire
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Ekaterina Pravilova

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159058.003.0008

This chapter discusses the issue of authorial rights and privacy. It considers Tolstoy, who represented a unique example of a writer who voluntarily doomed himself to the torture of private life devoid of privacy. During his lifetime, his family estate was turned into a museum; his every step and word were immediately recorded, transmitted by telegraph wires, and divulged by the press. His death was watched, commented on, and discussed in newspapers and on the street. The chapter asks, what is more valuable for society—to secure the personal rights of authors and their relatives or to satisfy the needs of science and public education? Finding the balance between these exigencies was at the center of the debates on copyright in the press and—when plans for the new law on copyright entered the legislative process—the Third State Duma, then followed by the State Council.

Keywords:   authorial rights, privacy, Leo Tolstoy, personal rights, private life, property rights

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