By Theodore Dreiser

The vintage depiction of the tough realities of yankee existence, the darkish aspect of the yank Dream, and one man's doomed pursuit of affection and success...

"Mr. Dreiser isn't imitative and belongs to no university. he's at middle a mysticist and a fatalist, even though utilizing the sensible process. he's, at the facts of this novel on my own, a power." —The long island instances publication evaluation

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His public was appalled at this turn of events and a dying Ivan Turgenev begged Tolstoy to fulfill his deathbed plans and take up his pen once more. During the time he spent educating the Russian peasants, Tolstoy came to believe that a literal interpretation of Christ舗s teachings, stripped of church doctrine, gave meaning to their lives. Following similar principles, he determined to improve his own spiritual well-being by signing over his property and following the minimalist program outlined in the biblical Book of Matthew舒decisions that permanently alienated him from most of his family.

322 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10001 Š Michael J. Fine, President and Publisher Š Printed in the United States of America Š QM 9 10 LEO TOLSTOY Frail and exhausted by familial unhappiness, Leo Tolstoy, at age eighty-two, quietly stole away from his home one evening in late October 1910, aided by his youngest daughter, Alexandra, and his doctor. The greatest living figure in Russia had no planned destination as he boarded a late-night train, but hours later his journey was cut short when pneumonia forced him to disembark at Astapovo.

1863Tolstoy publishes The Cossacks, a novel, begins his research for War and Peace, and publishes the first of the epic work舗s six volumes. 1872Tolstoy views the corpse of Anna Pirogova, a young woman who has committed suicide by throwing herself beneath the wheels of a train after learning her lover planned to abandon her in order to marry another woman. 1875Anna Karenina begins to be published in installments and is overwhelmingly popular. Nevertheless, three deaths舒the extreme suffering and death of his baby son, the premature birth and death of a daughter, and the death of his Aunt Tatiana舒plunge Tolstoy into a serious depression and contemplation of suicide.

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