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A Confession and Other Religious Writings (Penguin Classics)

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Synopsis:

This is a reader covering Tolstoy's later beliefs after he had rejected orthodox religion. The book mainly draws on "Confession" (1879), "What is My Faith?" (1884) and other occasional pieces.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

A Confession

What Is Religion and Of What Does Its Essence Consist?

Religion and Morality

The Law of Love and the Law of Violence

Explanatory Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140444735
Translator:
Kentish, Jane
Author:
Kentish, Jane
Translator:
Kentish, Jane
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Author:
Kentish, Jane
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England :
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Religious literature
Subject:
Tolstoy, leo, graf, 1828-1910
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 1984-92
Publication Date:
19880131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.79x4.96x.61 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Inspirational

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"Synopsis" by , This is a reader covering Tolstoy's later beliefs after he had rejected orthodox religion. The book mainly draws on "Confession" (1879), "What is My Faith?" (1884) and other occasional pieces.
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