What Is Art?

Leo Tolstoy - Author

Richard Pevear - Translator

Larissa Volokhonsky - Translator

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ISBN 9780140446425 | 240 pages | 01 Jan 1996 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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This profound analysis of the nature of art is the culmination of a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice, and religion. Considering and rejecting the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty, Tolstoy perceives the question of the nature of art to be a religious one. Ultimately, he concludes, art must be a force for good, for the progress and improvement of mankind.
What Is Art? - Leo Tolstoy

Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with a Preface by Richard Pevear

Bibliographical Note
A Note on the Text


Appendix I
Appendix II