Tolstoy: Plays

Cloth Text – $77.00

ISBN 978-0-8101-1598-9

Paper Text – $21.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-1599-6
Publication Date
August 1998
Page Count
257 pages
Trim Size
5 1/4 x 8

Tolstoy: Plays

Volume III: 1894-1910
Leo Tolstoy

Although Tolstoy's fame rests on his novels, he was also a prolific dramatist. Because his plays are satirical, didactic, and colored by complex peasant dialect, earlier translations have been seriously flawed. These imperfect translations, coupled with Tolstoy's famous polemics against Shakespeare and Chekhov, have reinforced the general misapprehension that Tolstoy was not a dramatist.

Now noted Slavic philologist Marvin Kantor has prepared the first complete English translation of the great writer's plays. This volume contains plays written during the years 1894 to 1910, including:

Peter the Breadman

And the Light Shineth in Darkness

The Living Corpse

The Wisdom of Children

The Traveler and the Peasant

The Cause of It All

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote two of the great novels of the nineteenth century, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

Marvin Kantor is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern University and the author of Dramatic Works of D. I. Fonvizin and The Origins of Christianity in Bohemia.

Tanya Tulchinsky manages the book department at the Russian Press Service, Inc., and has translated into Russian the works of William Faulkner and D. H. Lawrence, among others.
Andrew Baruch Wachtel is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University.