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Author: Leo Tolstoy, graf
Publisher: New York, Bobbs-Merrill Co., Liberal Arts Press [1960]
Series: Library of liberal arts.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910.
What is art?
New York, Bobbs-Merrill Co., Liberal Arts Press [1960]
(OCoLC)570881888
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo Tolstoy, graf
ISBN: 0672602210 9780672602214
OCLC Number: 653887
Description: xviii, 213 pages 21 cm.
Series Title: Library of liberal arts.
Responsibility: Translated from the Russian original by Almyer Maude. With an introduction by Vincent Tomas.

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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.

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