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Louise Maude (née Shanks)

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Louise Shanks married Aylmer Maude and as a team they produced the first translations of the works of Tolstoy in to English.  Aylmer specialised in the philosophical works of Tolstoy and Louise translated Tolstoy's novels.  Their translations were published in both names. The Oxford University Press Centenary Edition of Tolstoy came out in 21 volumes between 1928 and 1937.  Tolstoy thought highly of the Maudes's translations, saying better translations "could not be invented."  For many years these were the standard Tolstoy translations and considered to be of high quality. Returned to Britain in 1897.