ANYUTA / FeJJi Translated from the Russian by Nina Kennedy Teffi was the pseudonym, taken from a Kipling character, of Nadezhda Alexsandrovna Buchinskaya (1876-1952), author of over twenty books of stories, plays, and poems. Several were published in old Russia, more in Paris, a few in other European cities. Because of a divorce in Russia separating her from two daughters (after which she began writing) and a long love affair in France, Teffi always was reticent about her personal life. "I was born," she once said, "in Petersburg in the spring, and as one knows, our Petersburg spring is extremely changeable; either the sun shines or it rains. That is why I have two faces, like Greek masks, a laughing and a weeping one." She laughed in many humorous or gently satiric stories and cried in others about neglected children, mistreated animals, and lonely persons. From 1906 to the Revolution she experienced her great popularity in Russia, so much so that a candy with her name on the wrapper and a perfume were named for her. Her feuilletons appeared in a number of periodicals, especially in the widely read New Word. The tsar read these aloud to his
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1987
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