The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy / Edition 1

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Key dimensions of his writing and life are explored in essays focusing on his relationship to popular writing, the issue of gender and sexuality in his fiction, and his aesthetics. The introduction provides a brief, unified account of the man, for whom art was only one activity among many. The volume is well supported by supplementary material including a detailed guide to further reading and a chronology of Tolstoy's life, the most comprehensive compiled in English to date. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...useful, provocative." Slavic and East European Journal, Thomas Newlin, Oberlin College

"This Cambridge Companion is a major contribution to Tolstoy scholarship." The Russian Review

"Recommended" Choice.

"The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy will be an important addition to libraries, scholars' bookshelves, and existing reference texts for university courses on Tolstoy." - The International Fiction Review Allan Reid

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521520003
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet 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.
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Editor's preface
Note on editions, citations, and transliterations
Chronology 1
Introduction: Tolstoy as artist and public figure 49
1 War and Peace 65
2 Anna Karenina 80
3 Resurrection 96
4 Tolstoy as a writer of popular literature 113
5 The long short story in Tolstoy's fiction 127
6 Tolstoy staged in Paris, Berlin, and London 142
7 The development of style and theme in Tolstoy 161
8 History and autobiography in Tolstoy 176
9 Women, sexuality, and the family in Tolstoy 191
10 Tolstoy in the twentieth century 206
11 Courage in Tolstoy 222
12 Tolstoy's aesthetics 237
Guide to further reading 252
Index to Tolstoy's works and characters 259
General index 264
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