A Confession and Other Religious Writings

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An account of a spiritual crisis, marking a shift of Tolstoy's central focus from the aesthetic to the religious and philosophical.
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Overview

An account of a spiritual crisis, marking a shift of Tolstoy's central focus from the aesthetic to the religious and philosophical.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140444735
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1988
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 248,857
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Tolstoy
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.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 9, 1828
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tula Province, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      November 20, 1910
    2. Place of Death:
      Astapovo, Russia

Table of Contents

A Confession and Other Religious Writings 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    it's not taught in schools for a reason

    I almost started a revolution today because of this book . . . love and anarchy put to scholarly backdrop.

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