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What Is Art? (Penguin Classics)

ISBN13: 9780140446425
ISBN: 0140446427
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $14.0
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Pages: 240
Average Goodreads rating: 3.72/5 (138 ratings)

During the decades of his world fame as sage & preacher as well as author of War & Peace & Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote prolifically in a series of essays & polemics on issues of morality, social justice & religion. These culminated in What is Art?, published in 1898. Although Tolstoy perceived the question of art to be a religious one, he considered & rejected the idea that art reveals & reinvents through beauty. The works of Dante, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Baudelaire & even his own novels are condemned in the course of Tolstoy's impassioned & iconoclastic redefinition of art as a force for good, for the improvement of humankind.