The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: 1st Edition, 1/12/2008
EAN 9780521520003, ISBN10: 0521520002

Paperback, 288 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Best known for his great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy remains one the most important nineteenth-century writers; throughout his career which spanned nearly three quarters of a century, he wrote fiction, journalistic essays and educational textbooks. The specially commissioned essays in The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy do justice to the sheer volume of Tolstoy's writing. Key dimensions of his writing and life are explored in essays focusing on his relationship to popular writing, the issue of gender and sexuality in his fiction and his aesthetics. The introduction provides a brief, unified account of the man, for whom his art was only one activity among many. The volume is well supported by supplementary material including a detailed guide to further reading and a chronology of Tolstoy's life, the most comprehensive compiled in English to date. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.

Notes on contributors
Editor's preface
Notes on editions, citations and transliterations
Tolstoy as artist and public figure Donna Tussing Orwin
Part I. The Three Novels
1. War and Peace Gary Saul Morson
2. Anna Karenina Barbara Lönnqvist
3. Resurrection Hugh McLean
Part II. Genres
4. Tolstoy as a writer of popular literature Gary R. Jahn
5. The long short story in Tolstoy's fiction Richard Freeborn
6. Tolstoy staged in Paris, Berlin and London W. Gareth Jones
Part III. General Topics
7. The development of style and theme in Tolstoy Liza Knapp
8. History and autobiography in Tolstoy Andrew Wachtel
9. Women, sexuality, and the family in Tolstoy Edwina Cruise
10. Tolstoy in the twentieth century George R. Clay
11. Courage in Tolstoy Donna Tussing Orwin
12. Tolstoy's aesthetics Caryl Emerson
Guide to further reading
Index to Tolstoy's works and characters
General index.