Tolstoy and the Genesis of

Tolstoy and the Genesis of "War and Peace"

by Kathryn B. Feuer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801419026

ISBN-13: 9780801419027

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"The best thing ever done on how Tolstoy wrote War and Peace. Feuer shows us an incredible complexity in terms of the creative process. You see the seams and joints in the novel."—Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University"In 1963, Kathryn B. Feuer had access to the manuscripts of the drafts for the novel, almost 4,000 pages. At Tolstoy's home, she concentrated on…  See more details below

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"The best thing ever done on how Tolstoy wrote War and Peace. Feuer shows us an incredible complexity in terms of the creative process. You see the seams and joints in the novel."—Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University"In 1963, Kathryn B. Feuer had access to the manuscripts of the drafts for the novel, almost 4,000 pages. At Tolstoy's home, she concentrated on a dozen books that related to his earlier conceptions of War and Peace. She was indefatigable, with every detail at her fingertips, and she could express fine perceptions with something of the lucidity and measure of her admired Jane Austen. . . . Her daughter and Donna Tussing Orwin completed their task of editing in such a way that the book everywhere shows that concern with thoroughly tested evidence that above all makes it a landmark in Tolstoy studies."—Times Literary Supplement"The effectiveness of Feuer's account of the creation of War and Peace results from her remarkably cogent and uncluttered reading of the drafts and revisions that inform the description of Tolstoy's creative process. Tolstoy and the Genesis of 'War and Peace' is destined to remain a classic on the subject."—Slavic Review"Young novelists who listen to their creative writing teachers would be better served reading Feuer's brilliant study of the creation of War and Peace."—Common KnowledgeKathryn B. Feuer offers remarkable insights into Leo Tolstoy's creative process while he wrote War and Peace. She follows the novel through countless drafts and notes, illuminating its connection to earlier, unpublished, novels and to crucial new sources, both European and Russian. A novelist herself, Feuer explores the problems of character development, narrative voice, genre, and structure that Tolstoy ultimately resolved so brilliantly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801419027
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1570L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Introduction1
1Tolstoy's Early Works: The Literary Matrix of War and Peace13
2Predecessors of War and Peace: "The Distant Field" and The Decembrists32
3The Novel of 181254
4The Transition to 180573
5The Opening Pages of War and Peace88
6The Transition from the Early Manuscripts to Book I, Part 1109
7Tolstoy's Rejection of the Spirit of 1856135
8Napoleonism, Decembrism, and the Spirit of 1856168
9Ideological Influences on the Genesis of War and Peace180
10Napoleon as a Symbol of Revolution in the Political Conception of War and Peace194
Conclusion207
Note on Critical Backgrounds213
Notes219
Bibliography279
Other Works by Kathryn B. Feuer285
Index287

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