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NADEZHDA TEFFI (pseudonym of Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, 1872-1952) was a literary superstar in pre-revolutionary Russia, whose witty, pointed, but unoffensive stories about the absurdities of life were memorized and quoted as soon as they were published, and whose legions of fans included all echelons of Russian society. In emigration she wrote about the many incongruities she observed in the Russian émigré community; these stories were pirated in Russia, where they were used to advance the thesis that the Russian émigrés were rotting away due to the emptiness and hopelessness of their lives. In response, Teffi wrote a public letter insisting that Soviets cease and desist; they did, but they also did not publish any of her stories at all for nearly fifty years.