Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (Paperback)

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Begun in 1851, when Tolstoy was twenty-three and serving as a cadet in the Russian army, "Childhood," the first part of Tolstoy's first novel, won immediate praise from Turgenev and others, and marked Tolstoy's emergence as a major writer. Its originality was striking, as Tolstoy sought to communicate with great immediacy the poetry of childhood the intense emotions, confusions, and fears attendant upon a young boy, Nikolenka, as he grows up. In the years following, "Boyhood" and "Youth" appeared (a fourth volume was planned but never executed), each replete with psychological and philosophical subtleties hitherto unknown in Russian literature. In Scammell's resplendent translation, "Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth" remains one of Tolstoy's major works.

About the Author

Michael Scammell is the author of "Solzhenitsyn: A Biography," and has translated many Russian works, including Dostoevsky s "Crime and Punishment," and "The Gift" and "The Defense" by Nabokov. He teaches nonfiction writing and translation at Colum-bia University and is working on a biography of Arthur Koestler."

Praise For…

“No one has ever excelled Tolstoy in expressing the specific flavour, the exact quality of a feeling.” —Isaiah Berlin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375759444
ISBN-10: 0375759441
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: April 9th, 2002
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)