The Russian Text of “The Death of Ivan Ilich”

Смерть Ивана Ильича

Л. Н. Толстой

The text of “Смерть Ивана Ильича” presented here is that of the “Academy” edition of Tolstoy’s collected works: Polnoe sobranie sochinenii v devianosto tomakh. [Complete Collected Works in Ninety Volumes]. Moscow and Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel’stvo Khudozhestvennoi Literatury, 1928-1958. Called the “Jubilee Edition” because its publication commenced on the one hundredth anniversary of Tolstoy’s birth, this is the standard scholarly edition of his works. It contains printed and manuscript variants, supplemented by introductions to and commentary on the texts. In addition, it contains the most complete collection of Tolstoy’s letters, diaries, notebooks, and other personal papers. Text of and commentary on “The Death of Ivan Ilich” are in volume 26 of this edition. The original text is in the Public Domain and has No Copyright under United States law. The Jubilee Edition has a note that the contents are free to reproduce.

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