Letter

Scope and Content

Letter from George Gissing to Elie Halpérine-Kaminsky (1858-1936), writer, who specialized in translating Russian authors; he had sought Gissing's opinion on his translation of Tolstoy's What is Art?. Gissing writes: "Tolstoi is a prophet. He is so possessed by the thought of social injustice that nothing else in life seems to him of primary importance. His first and last desire is to combat the existing social order, & he utters his convictions, his aspirations, with the fevour of moral genius. Regarding him thus, I find myself in strong sympathy with the tone of his thoughts; I go altogether with him in the belief that our society is founded on injustice, & with him I hold that no man can be better occupied than in endeavouring to bring about a better state of things."

Dated at 9 Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield.

Includes envelope.

Bibliography

Published in P.F. Mattheisen, et al., The collected letters of George Gissing, volume seven, 1897-1899 (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1990), pp. 163-7 .