Tolstoy: Plays

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1394-7

Paper Text – $19.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-1395-4
Publication Date
July 1996
Page Count
206 pages
Trim Size
5 1/4 x 8 1/4

Tolstoy: Plays

Volume II: 1886-1889
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. Now noted Slavic philologist Marvin Kantor has prepared the first complete English translation of the great writer's plays.

Tolstoy: Plays, Volume 2 offers two long plays written during the years 1886-89. The Realm of Darkness is Tolstoy's best-known play, a treatment of moral issues within a community of Russian peasants. The lesser known The Fruits of Enlightenment, a comic portrait of an upper-class Russian family afflicted with various social diseases, was written to be performed for Tolstoy's family, and not intended for publication. Andrew Baruch Wachtel has added an informative introduction on this aspect of Tolstoy's art.

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.