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What is Art? (Penguin Classics) by [Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky]
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What is Art? (Penguin Classics) New Ed Edition, Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born in 1828, in the Tula province of Russia, into a family of Russian nobility. In the early 1850s, he spent some time in the army, where he began to write, and following travels in Eu¬rope he made a dramatic u-turn to become a spiritual anarchist. Most fa¬mous for the epic tomes Anna Karenina and War and Peace, he was also a philosophical and political writer of significant scope and influence. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


Eccentric and lucid, cranky and brilliant, funny and fierce.

-- "New Criterion"

The effectiveness of What Is Art? lies not so much in its positive assertions as in its rejection of much that was taken for granted in the aesthetic theories of the time.

-- "John Bayley, literary critic and former Warton Professor of English at Oxford"

What Is Art? itself is a work of science, though many passages, and even some whole chapters, appeal to us as works of art and we feel the contagion of the author's hope, his anxiety to serve the cause of truth and love, his indignation (sometimes rather sharply expressed) with whatever blocks the path of advance, and his contempt for much that the 'cultured crowd, ' in our erudite, perverted society, have persuaded themselves, and would fain persuade others, is the highest art.

-- "Aylmer Maude, translator"

Infuriating, irresistible, aesthetically unaesthetic.

-- "E. Lampert, New Essay on Tolstoy" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002RI99H8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; New Ed edition (31 August 1995)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1147 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 244 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passionate polemic, wilfully inadequate - a great mind brought low by a great ego
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspective on art
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