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The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy


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Donna Tussing Orwin, Gary Saul Morson, Barbara Lönnqvist, Hugh McLean, Gary R. Jahn, Richard Freeborn, W. Gareth Jones, Liza Knapp, Andrew Wachtel, Edwina Cruise, George R. Clay, Caryl Emerson
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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521792714

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  • 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.

    • Covers all Tolstoy's main works of fiction
    • The essays provide scholarly depth of analysis on a broad range of topics
    • The volume is well supported by a detailed chronology and bibliography
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Indispensable for all who teach of study Tolstoy.' Rusistika

    '… it must be said that these are, without exception, very good essays … For Tolstoi specialists this book, like all good books, provides fertile ground for future research … for the more general reader this collection of clearly written essays, based on recent research, and including some useful websites, will be welcome. if it helps to bolster the study of Tolstoi in UK Russian departments it will be doubly welcome.' Slavonic & East European Review

    '… superb … Every essay in this collection exhibits a high quality of arguement, knowledge, insight and clarity of exposition. Specialists and general readers alike will want to read them all, and in so doing will find their understanding of Tolstoi, as man, artist and public figures, greatly enriched.' Journal of European Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521792714
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Editor's preface
    Notes on editions, citations and transliterations
    Introduction: 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.

  • Editor

    Donna Tussing Orwin, University of Toronto
    Donna Orwin is Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto. She has published widely on Russian literature and Tolstoy in particular.


    Donna Tussing Orwin, Gary Saul Morson, Barbara Lönnqvist, Hugh McLean, Gary R. Jahn, Richard Freeborn, W. Gareth Jones, Liza Knapp, Andrew Wachtel, Edwina Cruise, George R. Clay, Caryl Emerson

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