Women Writers You Should Know About #4 Nadezhda Teffi

Nadezhda Teffi


“Samosov stood there gloomily, watching the deacon with the incense and thinking, ‘Go on, swing that incense, swing that incense! Think you can swing yourself into a bishopric? Some hope!”” A Radiant Easter, Nadezhda Teffi

Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya known as Nadezhda Teffi was a Russian humorist writer. She was born on the 21 May 1872 to a prominent lawyer in St Petersburg society.

Growing up with the stories of Tolstoy and Pushkin, she published her first story, ‘The Day Has Passed’, in 1905. During the years of the Russian Revolution (1905-07), her stories became spiked with political comment, with most her barbs directed at the Tsarist government. She became a contributor to the Bolshevik journal, Novaya Zhizn (New Life).

Due to her political activism she was exiled from Russia after the October Revolution in 1919. Fleeing initially to Istanbul she eventually settled in Paris and began to write for Russian magazines there. Producing short-story and poetry collections, Paris was also where she completed her only novel, An Adventure Novel (1932).


Teffi (a name she adopted with the publication in 1907 of her one-act play The Woman Question) died in 1952 and is buried in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, a suburb in the south of Paris.



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