Tolstoy

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 572 pages
21 Reviews
"Must surely rank among the most impressively intelligent biographies ever written."--Zena Sutherland, The Economist In this landmark biography of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, A. N. Wilson narrates the complex drama of the writer's life: his childhood of aristocratic privilege but emotional deprivation, his discovery of his literary genius after aimless years of gambling and womanizing, and his increasingly disastrous marriage. Wilson sweeps away the long-held belief that Tolstoy's works were the exact mirror of his life, and instead traces the roots of Tolstoy's art to his relationship with God, with women, and with Russia. He also breaks new ground in recreating the world that shaped the great novelist's life and art--the turmoil of ideas and politics in nineteenth-century Russia and the incredible literary renaissance that made Tolstoy's work possible. 24 pages of b/w illustrations. "Admirable. . . . Absorbing. . . . Superb."--Anthony Burgess "Stands as a model of the biographer's art: intelligent and opinionated, yet judicious--and, what's more, deliciously readable."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
12
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: Tolstoy: A Biography

User Review  - J - Goodreads

I remember loving this biography of my hero. Read full review

Review: Tolstoy: A Biography

User Review  - Ronnie - Goodreads

I bought this book for a buck....best dollar I have ever spent..So much information......so intriguing..... Read full review

Contents

VI
9
VII
31
VIII
49
IX
71
X
99
XI
121
XII
143
XIII
175
XVIII
295
XIX
341
XX
371
XXI
393
XXII
415
XXIII
463
XXIV
483
XXV
503

XIV
201
XV
229
XVI
247
XVII
263
XXVI
519
XXVII
539
XXVIII
549
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2001)

A. N. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed biographies Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul; God's Funeral, and several celebrated novels. He lives in London.

Bibliographic information