Tolstoy: A Russian Life - Rosamund Bartlett

Rosamund Bartlett, a British scholar of Russian culture, has written extensively about the grand masters of Russian fiction, including Chekhov, Gogol, and Turgenev. Her new Tolstoy: A Russian Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35) makes extensive use of sources not available until the fall of the Soviet Union.  Born into a landed aristocratic family, Tolstoy filled his younger years with drinking, gambling, and seducing serfs. Later, the Count became a populist, pacifist, vegetarian, and advocate for peasant literacy and women’s rights. Bartlett gives a thorough portrait of the artist and links his life in fascinating ways to his writing, showing how Tolstoy drew on his own ideas and on his family members to create the memorable figures of his novels. A.N. Wilson, who wrote the last significant biography of Tolstoy twenty years ago, says that Bartlett’s work “conveys Tolstoy to me more vividly than any biography I have read, although not any biography I have written!”

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ISBN: 9780151014385
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 8th, 2011