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What Is Art? (Penguin Classics)

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During the decades of his world fame as sage and preacher as well as author of War and Peace and Anna Karenin, Tolstoy wrote prolifically in a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice and religion. These culminated in What is Art?, published in 1898. Although Tolstoy perceived the question of art to be a religious one, he considered and rejected the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty. The works of Dante, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Baudelaire and even his own novels are condemned in the course of Tolstoy's impassioned and iconoclastic redefinition of art as a force for good, for the progress and improvement of mankind. In his illuminating preface Richard Pevear considers What is Art? in relation to the problems of faith and doubt, and the spiritual anguish and fear of death which preoccupied Tolstoy in the last decades of his life.

Synopsis:

During the decades of his world fame, Tolstoy wrote this series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice and religion. He considered and rejected the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty, although he perceived the question of art to be a religious one.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxv-[xxvi]).

About the Author

Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, and Bulgakov. Their translation of The Brothers Karamazov won the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. They are married and live in Paris, France.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, and Bulgakov. Their translation of The Brothers Karamazov won the 1991 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. They are married and live in Paris, France.

Table of Contents

Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with a Preface by Richard Pevear

Preface

Bibliographical Note

A Note on the Text

WHAT IS ART? Appendix I

Appendix II

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140446425
Translator:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Translator:
Pevear, Richard
Translator:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Author:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Pevear, Richard
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Arts
Subject:
Tolstoy, leo, graf, 1828-1910
Subject:
Arts and morals.
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Arts -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
94-4096
Publication Date:
19960131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.70x5.01x.56 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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