Childhood By Leo Tolstoy. Translated by C.J. Hogarth Childhood is the first published novel by Leo Tolstoy, released under the initials L. N. in the November 1852 issue of the popular Russian literary journal The Contemporary. It is the first in a series of three novels and is followed by Boyhood and Youth. Published when Tolstoy was just twenty-three years old, the book was an immediate success, earning notice from other Russian novelists including Ivan Turgenev, who heralded the young Tolstoy as a major up-and-coming figure in Russian literature. Childhood is an exploration of the inner life of a young boy, Nikolenka, and one of the books in Russian writing to explore an expressionistic style, mixing fact, fiction and emotions to render the moods and reactions of the narrator.
War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, published serially, then in its entirety in 1869. It is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy"s finest literary achievements. The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version, titled The Year 1805, were serialized in The Russian Messenger from 1865 to 1867, then published in its entirety in 1869. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel prize controversy. Translators: Louise and Aylmer Maude
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So begins the classic story of tragic adulterous love that has thrilled readers for over a century. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Count Vronsky. Tolstoy intertwines the lives of many characters in Anna Karenina creating an intricate labyrinth of connections that is an adventure in reading. Fyodor Dostoyevsky declared the novel "flawless as a work of art." His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the magic of Tolstoy"s style," and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as "the best ever written." The book remains popular, as demonstrated by a 2007 poll of 125 contemporary authors in Time, which declared that Anna Karenina is the "greatest novel ever written." "One of the greatest love stories in world literature." - Vladimir Nabokov.
Anna Karenina is a classic fiction novel by Leo Tolstoy. Anna Karenina is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing--something that prefigures her own later situation, though she would experience less tolerance by others. As part of our mission to publish great works of literary fiction and nonfiction, Sheba Blake Publishing Corp. is extremely dedicated to bringing to the forefront the amazing works of long dead and truly talented authors.
First published between 1875 and 1877. Translated by Constance Black Garnett (1862-1946) in 1917. Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written, Anna Karenina is Tolstoy's classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, and in doing so captures a breathtaking tapestry of late-nineteenth-century Russian society. Set in nineteenth century Russia, this masterpiece illustrates the pressure of living up to the expectations and quota of an unforgiving society and the personal choices individuals face which alter their destinies. A read which leaves the responder unable to forget the lessons taught; it gives true meaning to learning from other people's experiences and mistakes. A guide which leads by example in demonstrating the challenges one faces in the pursuit of happiness and contentment and the grueling outcomes of what some of these choices produce.--Submitted by Sonja Golub
War and Peace is the mesmerizing 15-book, 1700-page plus story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era told through the eyes of a multitude of characters caught up in a sprawling web of a plot. Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece is widely considered to be one of the world"s greatest novels. This new 2017 edition of the classic Louise and Aylmer Maude translation of War and Peace is the complete and unabridged version, encompassing all fifteen books and epilogues with footnotes.
The Death of Ivan Ilych (1886) is considered one of the best novellas and Tolstoy's masterpiece after his religious conversion. It tells the story of a judge's terminal illness in 19th century Russia. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel prize controversy. Translator: Louise and Aylmer Maude
(1902) A Critical Essay on Shakespeare Translated by Vladimir Grigoryevich Tchertkoff and I. F. M. Followed by "Shakespeare's Attitude to the Working Classes" By Ernest Crosby And a Letter From playwright George Bernard Shaw Vladimir Chertkov, also transliterated as Chertkoff, Tchertkoff or Tschertkow (3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1854 – November 9, 1936) was the editor of the works of Leo Tolstoy, and one of the most prominent Tolstoyans. After the revolutions of 1917, Chertkov was instrumental in creating the United Council of Religious Communities and Groups, which eventually came to administer the Russian SFSR's conscientious objection program.
First published in 1869 Translated by friends and biographers of Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude (1858-1938) and Louise Maude (1855–1939) Epic historical novel by Leo Tolstoy, originally published as Voyna i mir in 1865-69. This panoramic study of early 19th-century Russian society, noted for its mastery of realistic detail and variety of psychological analysis, is generally regarded as one of the world's greatest novels. War and Peace is primarily concerned with the histories of five aristocratic families--particularly the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, and the Rostovs--the members of which are portrayed against a vivid background of Russian social life during the war against Napoleon (1805-14). The theme of war, however, is subordinate to the story of family existence, which involves Tolstoy's optimistic belief in the life-asserting pattern of human existence. The novel also sets forth a theory of history, concluding that there is a minimum of free choice; all is ruled by an inexorable historical determinism. I read War and Peace as I travelled on the Trans-Siberian Express five years ago. Totally appropriate to read while passing through areas to which Moscow dissidents fled and who are mentioned by Tolstoy.--Submitted by Anonymous It starts in beautiful Russia, with Anna. A maid. You will love the characters and everything about it. I am only a kid and I love it. It is unique and fun. It's really long, but it is worth it.--Submitted by book helper War and peace set over two centuries ago is true to the human spirit in all our abstract and very human concerns. Centered around Russia's aristocracy during the Napoleonic wars, the epic tale travels through the heart of Russia in this most trying time. Its beauty however is in the contrasts of Tolstoy's themes that compliment rather than fight each other as the title itself confirms. A beautiful fusion of historical facts and novelty, of the endurance of man's highest qualities amidst suffering, the prevalence of societal concerns amidst war, the beauty of death amidst life, man's hungry search for meaning, the illusion of power amidst the greater forces that govern man, of love and the realism of life. It is no wonder that Tolstoy's work has not only endured the ages but has also risen above them. The thousand plus pages are unfelt but they simply move forth like a beautiful musical piece.--Submitted by Chiedza A classic novel by Tolstoy. This book talks mostly about the Napoleonic Wars and the rise of Russian spirit. This books drives a person to think about how the situations were in Russia during the invasion of Napoleon over Europe.--Submitted by Anonymous
A Comedy in Six Acts (1886) Translated by friends and biographers of Tolstoy, Louise Maude and her husband Aylmer Maude From Tolstoy's Plays (1919) From Leo Tolstoy concerning the translation of his works by Louise and Aylmer Maude:--"Better translators, both for knowledge of the two languages and for penetration into the very meaning of the matter translated, could not be invented."
Tolstoy finished writing this in 1905, and it was published posthumously. One evil deed turns into many, but by the mastery of Tolstoy's pen, sinners ultimately earn salvation. When you steal, you steal more than just the object stolen. The consequences of your actions do not just happen at the time of the misdeed, but carry their own stories.--Submitted by Anonymous
The story of 'Polikushka' is a very graphic description of the life led by a servant of the court household of a certain nobleman, in which the author portrays the different conditions and surroundings enjoyed by these servants from those of the ordinary or common peasants. It is a true and powerful reproduction of an element in Russian life but little written about heretofore. Like the other stories of this great writer, 'Polikushka' has a moral to which we all might profitably give heed. He illustrates the awful consequences of intemperance, and concludes that only kind treatment can reform the victims of alcohol.
An elder sister came to visit her younger sister in the country. The elder was married to a tradesman in town, the younger to a peasant in the village. As the sisters sat over their tea talking, the elder began to boast of the advantages of town life: saying how comfortably they lived there, how well they dressed, what fine clothes her children wore what good things they ate and drank, and how she went to the theatre, promenades, and entertainments.
There was a certain nobleman who had chosen a superintendent from the peasantry on one of his other estates. No sooner had the power to govern been vested in this newly-made official than he began to practice the most outrageous cruelties upon the poor serfs who had been placed under his control. Although this man had a wife and two married daughters, and was making so much money that he could have lived happily without transgressing in any way against either God or man, yet he was filled with envy and jealousy and deeply sunk in sin.