Meet my first cousin, twice removed: Robert “Droch” Bridges, who has been the greatest influence on my writing career. Robert Bridges was an editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York City for some 40 years. During his career, he was named editor-in-chief of Scribner’s Magazine, at that time, one of the most important publications…

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“Tolstoy,” by Rosemund Bartlett, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, NY, 2011, 454 pages Summary by David P. Bridges TOLSTOY was born in 1828 at the family estate inherited by Tolstoy’s grandfather in 1784. Lev grew up on the 5,500 acre estate, Yasnaya Polyana, which was carefully landscaped complete with ponds, gardens, paths and an imposing manor house,…

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Robert Bridges’ father, John Bridges, was born February 17, 1815 in Fife County, Scotland. In 1838, at the age of twenty-three, he immigrated to America from the Port of Kirkcaldy, Scotland. This small seaside town was home to the Lowlander Bridges clan. In 1816, Robert Ferguson Bridges had also previously immigrated to America from Fife…

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