Tolstoy: Plays

Paper Text – $19.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-1110-3

Cloth Text – $74.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-1109-7
Publication Date
November 1994
Page Count
191 pages
Trim Size
5 1/8 x 7 3/4

Tolstoy: Plays

Volume I: 1856-1886
Leo Tolstoy

Although Tolstoy's fame rests on his novels, he was also a prolific dramatist; yet this part of his oeuvre has been consistently neglected by scholars and readers alike. Because the plays are satirical, didactic, and colored by complex peasant dialect, earlier translations have been flawed. Now the noted Slavic philologist Marvin Kantor has prepared the first complete English translations of Tolstoy's plays. These latter pieces provide fascinating insight into Tolstoy's life and his development as a writer.

Volume One includes:

A Family of Gentlefolk

A Practical Man

An Uncle's Blessing

Free Love

An Infected Family

The Nihilist

Dramatization of the Legend about Aggeus

The First Moonshiner

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.