MAUDE, Aylmer (1858-1939). Writer & translator.
Four lengthy Autograph Letters Signed (one unfinished) to Mrs Edge, in all 22 pages 8vo and 2 pages 4to (the latter torn), Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 1921. Containing closely argued explanations of his view of Tolstoy, as put forth in his two-volume Life of Tolstoy.
Maude enjoyed a warm friendship with Tolstoy whose works he, jointly with his wife, translated in 21 volumes.
'... One admits the misery, but it is not proven that civilization has caused it. (One has heard of misery & horrors amid uncivilized canibals[sic].) And even if civilization were to be the real & sole cause of misery, it by no means follows that the individualism (& absence of any organized state supressing murder & arson) recommended by Tolstoy would be a desirable arrangement. ...'
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