This profound analysis of the nature of art is the culmination of a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice, and religion. Considering and rejecting the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty, Tolstoy perceives the question of the nature of art to be a religious one. Ultimately, he concludes, art must be a force for good, for the progress and improvement of mankind.
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Table Of Contents
What Is Art? – Leo Tolstoy Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with a Preface by Richard Pevear
Preface Bibliographical Note A Note on the Text
WHAT IS ART?Appendix I Appendix II Notes
About Leo Tolstoy
Count Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in central Russia. After serving in the Crimean War, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world… More about Leo Tolstoy
Published by Penguin Classics Jan 01, 1996| 240 Pages| ISBN 9780140446425