In Quest of Tolstoy
In Quest of Tolstoy
Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History
ISBN: 9781934843024 (hardcover) / 9781936235087 (paper)
Pages: 256 pp.
Publication Date: March 2008
Leo Tolstoy has held the attention of mankind for well over a century. A supremely talented artist, whose novels and short stories continue to entrance readers all over the world, he was at the same time a fearless moral philosopher who explored and challenged the fundamental bases of human society—political, economic, legal, and cultural. Hugh McLean has been studying and writing about Tolstoy for many years. In these essays he investigates some of the numerous puzzles and paradoxes in the Tolstoyan heritage, engaging both with Tolstoy the artist, author of those incomparable novels, and Tolstoy the thinker, who, from his impregnable outpost at Yasnaya Polyana, questioned the received ideas and beliefs of the whole civilized world. In two concluding essays, “Tolstoy beyond Tolstoy,” McLean deals with the impact of Tolstoy on such diverse figures as Ernest Hemingway and Isaiah Berlin.
Hugh McLean (PhD Harvard University) is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as Dean of Humanities. He is the author of Nikolai Leskov: The Man and His Art (1977), editor of In the Shade of the Giant: Essays on Tolstoy (1989), and has published articles on Pushkin, Gogol, Chekhov, Zoshchenko, and Mayakovsky. He has been a Fulbright fellow, Guggenheim fellow, and was twice an exchange fellow to the USSR (later Russian) Academy of Sciences.
Table of Contents
I. Tolstoy the Artist
“Buried as a Writer and as a Man”: The Puzzle of Family Happiness .
The Case of the Missing Mothers, or When Does a Beginning Begin?
Truth in Dying
Which English Anna?
Love in Resurrection: Eros or Agape?
Could the Master Err? A Note on “God Sees the Truth but Waits”
Gary R. Jahn. Was the Master Well Served? Further Comment on “God Sees the Truth but Waits”
II. Tolstoy the Thinker
A Woman’s Place . . . The Young Tolstoy and the “Woman Question”
Tolstoy and Jesus
Rousseau’s God and Tolstoy’s God
Claws on the Behind: Tolstoy and Darwin
A Clash of Utopias: Tolstoy and Gorky
III. Tolstoy beyond Tolstoy
Hemingway and Tolstoy. A Pugilistic Encounter
Foxes into Hedgehogs. Berlin and Tolstoy
Index of Tolstoy’s Works
Index of Names