Born Nov. 4, 1856, in New York; died Jan. 3, 1907, in Baltimore. American writer and political figure.
Crosby expounded L. N. Tolstoy’s ethical views in the USA, and in 1894 he visited lasnaia Poliana. Tolstoy’s essay on Shakespeare developed from his intended introduction to Crosby’s pamphlet Shakespeare’s Attitude Toward the Working Class (1903). Crosby was also the author of the pacifist satirical novel Captain Jinks, Hero (1902). His verse advocated nonviolence, denounced the capitalist world (”Civilization” and “The Spirit of the 19th Century”), and portrayed the future in the spirit of Christian socialism.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
Tolstoi i ego zhizneponimanie. Moscow, 1909.
L. N. Tolstoi kak shkol’nyi uchitel’, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1908. [Correspondence With L. N. Tolstoy.] In Literaturnoe nasledstvo, vol. 75, book 1. Moscow, 1965. Pages 395–407.