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Constance Garnett was one of the more prolific translators of literature in the early 20th century, and a large part of the reason English speaking people read Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.

Although she did not begin publishing professional translations until the age of 35 or so, she remained with at work for nearly 40 years. Her 71st and final volume was comprised of Three Plays of Ivan Turgenev.

By good luck, I become somewhat close to one of her grand-nieces, Sarah Elizabeth Garnett, when I was in college, studying Russian Novels with the great Louise Cowan.

Small world.

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