What Is Art? / Edition 1

What Is Art? / Edition 1

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by Leo Tolstoy
     
 

ISBN-10: 087220295X

ISBN-13: 9780872202955

Pub. Date: 11/01/1996

Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.

During the decades of his world fame as sage and preacher as well as author of War and Peace and Anna Karenin, Tolstoy wrote prolifically in a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice and religion. These culminated in What is Art?, published in 1898. Although Tolstoy perceived the question of art to be a religious one, he considered and…  See more details below

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During the decades of his world fame as sage and preacher as well as author of War and Peace and Anna Karenin, Tolstoy wrote prolifically in a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice and religion. These culminated in What is Art?, published in 1898. Although Tolstoy perceived the question of art to be a religious one, he considered and rejected the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty. The works of Dante, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Baudelaire and even his own novels are condemned in the course of Tolstoy's impassioned and iconoclastic redefinition of art as a force for good, for the progress and improvement of mankind. In his illuminating preface Richard Pevear considers What is Art? in relation to the problems of faith and doubt, and the spiritual anguish and fear of death which preoccupied Tolstoy in the last decades of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872202955
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

What Is Art? - Leo Tolstoy Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with a Preface by Richard Pevear

Preface
Bibliographical Note
A Note on the Text

WHAT IS ART? Appendix I
Appendix II
Notes

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