Tolstoy

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Routledge, Aug 27, 2014 - Foreign Language Study - 266 pages

Tolstoy’s fame as one of the world’s greatest novelists has never been in doubt, but the importance of his views on the social, moral and religious issues of his time is not so widely recognised. This study, first published in 1973, presents an introduction to the historical and cultural background of Tolstoy’s lifetime, then going on to consider the major events of his developing personality as a writer and reformer.

As well as considering the famous novels and literary criticism, Simmons treats his educational theories and practice, famine relief work, spiritual crises and religious, social and moral beliefs, as reflected in controversial writings such as What I Believe, What Then Must We Do? and The Kingdom of God Is Within You. He also investigates Tolstoy’s involvement in government, war and revolution, and the relevance of his reformist views in the contemporary world.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Childhood Boyhood and Youth
17
2 The Caucasus
30
3 War Travel and SelfDefinition
40
4 Educator
56
5 War and Peace
79
6 Anna Karenina
93
7 Spiritual Crisis and Religious Faith
103
10 The Kingdom of God Is Within You
160
11 What Is Art?
175
12 Resurrection
190
13 Government War Revolution Land Question Death
204
14 International Recognition
222
Notes
239
Selected Bibliography
249
Index
255

8 What Then Must We Do?
124
9 Back to Art
145

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