Twenty Three Tales

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Twenty-three Tales is a masterful collection of children's tales, fairy tales, and short stories from one of the world's greatest and most influential writers. The collection includes:

. "God Sees the Truth, but Waits"
. "A Prisoner in the Caucasus"
. "The Bear-Hunt"
. "What Men Live By"
. "A Spark Neglected Burns the House"
. "Two Old Men"
. "Where Love Is, God Is"
. "The Story of Ivan the Fool"
. "Evil Allures, But Good Endures"
. "Little Girls Wiser Than Men"
. "Ilyás"
. "The Three Hermits"
. "The Imp and The Crust"
. "How Much Land Does a Man Need?"
. "A Grain As Big As A Hen's Egg"
. "The Godson"
. "The Repentant Sinner"
. "The Empty Drum"
. "The Coffee-house of Surat"
. "Too Dear!"
. "Esarhaddon, King of Assyria"
. "Work, Death and Sickness, A Legend"
. "Three Questions"

Russian writer COUNT LEV ("LEO") NIKOLAYEVICH TOLSTOY (1828-1910) is best known for his novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450596879
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 1,007,622
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, better known as Leo Tolstoy, is rightly regarded as one of the greatest writers in the history of literature and his masterpieces, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are considered by many to be two of the most important novels ever written. He was born in 1828 in Yasnaya, Polyana, in what was then the Russian Empire, into a noble family with old and established links to the highest echelons of the Russian aristocracy.

"War and Peace", published in 1869, and "Anna Karenina", published in 1878, were universally recognised as great works, but not long after the publication of the latter Tolstoy suffered an Existential crisis and dismissed them.

Later, the culmination of his 30 years of religious and philosophical thinking was “The Kingdom of God is Within You”, which was published in 1894. In the book he outlined the abuses of those in power in both the church and the government and this would eventually lead to his excommunication from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1901. Tolstoy’s main point derived from Jesus’ teachings to ‘turn the other cheek’ and Tolstoy believed that this was the key to Christ’s message which can be found in the Gospels and the Sermon on the Mount in particular. This theory of ‘non-violence’ that dominated the book would make a profound impact on Mahatma Gandhi who read it as a young man while living in South Africa.

In 1908, Tolstoy wrote A Letter to a Hindu, in which he told the Indian people that only through non-violent reaction and love could they overcome their British colonial masters. The letter was published in an Indian paper and Gandhi not only read it but also wrote to Tolstoy to ask permission to translate it into his own native Gujarati. “The Kingdom of God is Within You” and A Letter to a Hindu solidified Gandhi’s non-violent idea of rebellion which he implemented and which came to fruition in 1947 when British rule came to an end and India became independent. Gandhi and Tolstoy would continue their correspondence up until Tolstoy’s death in 1910.

Biography

Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, where he spent most of his early years, together with his several brothers. In 1844 he entered the University of Kazan to read Oriental Languages and later Law, but left before completing a degree. He spent the following years in a round of drinking, gambling and womanizing, until weary of his idle existence he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851.

He took part in the Crimean war and after the defence of Sevastopol wrote The Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his literary reputation. After leaving the army in 1856 Tolstoy spent some time mixing with the literati in St Petersburg before traveling abroad and then settling at Yasnaya Polyana, where he involved himself in the running of peasant schools and the emancipation of the serfs. His marriage to Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862 marked the beginning of a period of contentment centred around family life; they had thirteen children. Tolstoy managed his vast estates, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote both his great novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

During the 1870s he underwent a spiritual crisis, the moral and religious ideas that had always dogged him coming to the fore. A Confession (1879–82) marked an outward change in his life and works; he became an extreme rationalist and moralist, and in a series of pamphlets written after 1880 he rejected church and state, indicted the demands of flesh, and denounced private property. His teachings earned him numerous followers in Russia and abroad, and also led finally to his excommunication by the Russian Holy Synod in 1901. In 1910 at the age of eighty-two he fled from home "leaving this worldly life in order to live out my last days in peace and solitude;" he died some days later at the station master's house at Astapovo.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books LTD.

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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

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