Synopses & Reviews
Key dimensions of Tolstoy's writing and life are explored in this collection of specially commissioned essays. While the essays focus on Tolstoy's artistic production, the introduction provides a brief, unified account of the man for whom art was only one activity among many. The essays are enhanced by supplementary material including a chronology of the period and detailed guides to further reading. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for scholars and students.
Key dimensions of Tolstoy's writing and life are explored in this collection of specially commissioned essays.
About the Author
Donna Orwin is Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto. She has published widely on Russian literature and Tolstoy in particular.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors; Editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Notes on editions, citations and transliterations; Chronology; Introduction: Tolstoy as artist and public figure Donna Tussing Orwin; Part I. The Three Novels: 1. War and Peace Gary Saul Morson; 2. Anna Karenina Barbara Lönnqvist; 3. Resurrection Hugh McLean; Part II. Genres: 4. Tolstoy as a writer of popular literature Gary R. Jahn; 5. The long short story in Tolstoy's fiction Richard Freeborn; 6. Tolstoy staged in Paris, Berlin and London W. Gareth Jones; Part III. General Topics: 7. The development of style and theme in Tolstoy Liza Knapp; 8. History and autobiography in Tolstoy Andrew Wachtel; 9. Women, sexuality, and the family in Tolstoy Edwina Cruise; 10. Tolstoy in the twentieth century George R. Clay; 11. Courage in Tolstoy Donna Tussing Orwin; 12. Tolstoy's aesthetics Caryl Emerson; Guide to further reading; Index to Tolstoy's works and characters; General index.