“You write that Burenin has a depressing affect on you. He certainly does it, but, for the sake of Creator, do not give in to the feeling and not give in to a great critic. Whatever he did grind authoritatively about the futility of our brother, about people writing for bread, he will never rights. It is not tightly in this world, there is a place for all; we do not bother in Burenin life, and he does not impede us. Neither Burenin nor we answer the question of who is useful or useless. Don’t waste your nerves and mind power to the devil knows what.”
Letter of Anton Chekhov to I. L. Shtcheglov (Moscow, February 18, 1889)

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