(Uncle) would remark that it was impossible to get by without such a (portentous and whimsical) tone when speaking of many things of this world, and especially of the things not entirely of this world.

Vladimir Odoyevsky

(Uncle) would remark that it was impossible to get by without such a (portentous and whimsical) tone when speaking of many things of this world, and especially of the things not entirely of this world.

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About Vladimir Odoyevsky

Prince Vladimir Fyodorovich Odoyevsky (Russian: Влади́мир Фёдорович Одо́евский; 11 August [O.S. 30 July] 1803 – 11 March [O.S. 27 February] 1869) was a prominent Russian Imperial philosopher, writer, music critic, philanthropist and pedagogue. He became known as the "Russian Hoffmann" and even the "Russian Faust" on account of his keen interest in phantasmagoric tales and musical criticism.