Last Steps: The Late Writings of Leo Tolstoy: The Late Writings of Leo Tolstoy

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Penguin UK, Oct 29, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

1910. Anna Karenina and War and Peace have made Leo Tolstoy the world's most famous author. But fame comes at a price.

In the tumultuous final year of his life, Tolstoy is desperate to find respite, so leaves his large family and the hounding press behind and heads into the wilderness. Too ill to venture beyond the tiny station of Astapovo, he believes his last days will pass in isolation. But as we learn through the journals of those closest to him, the battle for Tolstoy's soul will not be a peaceful one.

Jay Parini introduces, translates and edits this collection of Tolstoy's autobiographical writing, diaries, and letters related to the last year of Tolstoy's life published to coincide with the 2009 film of
Parini's novel The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year.

 

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Contents

Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Translations
LAST STEPS
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FROM THE FIRST STEP 1891
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IV
V
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VII
VIII
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WHERE LOVE IS GOD IS 1885
FROM THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU 1893
FROM WHAT IS ART? 1896
LETTER ON NONRESISTANCE TO ERNEST HOWARD CROSBY OF NEW YORK 1896
LETTERS ON HENRY GEORGE 1897
II
MODERN SCIENCE 1898
LETTER TO A NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER 1899
FROM NEED IT BE SO? 1900
2
THOU SHALT NOT KILL 1900
PATRIOTISM AND GOVERNMENT 1900
II
III
IV
V
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VII
VIII
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A REPLY TO THE SYNODS EDICT OF EXCOMMUNICATION AND TO LETTERS RECEIVED BY ME CONCERNING IT 1901
FROM WHAT IS RELIGION AND WHEREIN LIES ITS ESSENCE? 1902
II
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XV
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XVII
LETTER ON EDUCATION 1902
AN APPEAL TO THE CLERGY 1902
II
XI
WORK DEATH AND SICKNESS 1903
THREE QUESTIONS 1903
ALYOSHA GORSHOK OR ALYOSHATHEPOT 1905
NOTE
SHAKESPEARE AND THE DRAMA 1906
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VII
VIII
FROM THE LAW OF LOVE AND THE LAW OF VIOLENCE 1908
CHAPTER 19
ADDRESS TO THE SWEDISH PEACE CONGRESS IN 1909
FROM TOLSTOYS LETTERS 18951910
417 TO M L TOLSTOY
468 TO P I BIRYUKOV
471 TO V G CHERTKOV
507 TO JAMES LEY
545 TO EUGEN REICHEL
557 TO BERNARD SHAW
567 TO S A TOLSTAYA
585 TO BERNARD SHAW
586 TO COUNTESS S A TOLSTAYA
593 TO MOHANDAS GANDHI
607 TO S L TOLSTOY and T L SUKHOTINA
608 TO AYLMER MAUDE
FROM TOLSTOYS DIARIES 19001910
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About the author (2009)

Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College, Vermont. His six novels include The Last Station.

Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828. He took part in the Crimean War, and married Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862. Over the next fifteen years they had thirteen children and Tolstoy managed his vast estates in the Volga Steppes, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). A Confession (1879-82) marked a spiritual crisis in his life. In 1901 he was excommuincated by the Russian Holy Synod. He died in 1910, in the course of a dramamtic flight from home, at the small railway station of Astapovo.

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