Collected Shorter Fiction, Vol. 1

Collected Shorter Fiction, Vol. 1 Cover

Collected Shorter Fiction, Vol. 1

Volume I

By Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy; Aylmer Maude (Translator); Nigel J. Cooper (Translator)

Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780375411724, 848pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2001


Written over a period of more than half a century, Leo Tolstoy's stories reflect every aspect of his art and personality. They cover his experiences as a soldier in the Caucasus, his married life, his passionate interest in the peasantry, his cult of truth and simplicity, and his growing preoccupation with religion.
The stories in Volume 1 of the "Collected Shorter Fiction" date from the period in which the young Tolstoy wrote "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace." Ranging from brief, masterfully sketches of military life such as The Wood-Felling to novellas like "Family Happiness," an uneasy imagining of the idyllic possibilities of marriage by the not-yet-married writer, all feature Tolstoy's characteristically lavish deployment of detail, shrewd observation, and imaginative power.
Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

About the Author
Nikolai Tolstoy is a highly recognized and acclaimed historian and biographer. He was the sole beneficiary of his stepfather's will and is one of the trustees of O'Brian's estate.

Aylmer Maude (28 March 1858 - 25 August 1938) and Louise Maude (1855-1939) were English translators of Tolstoy's works, and Aylmer Maude also wrote his friend Tolstoy's biography. After living many years in Russia the Maudes spent the rest of their life in England translating Tolstoy's writing and promoting public interest in his work. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 - 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer.

Cooper recently retired from Middlesex University, where he was principal lecturer in modern languages (Russian and French).