Posthumous Works - Vol. 1

Posthumous Works - Vol. 1

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Posthumous Works - Vol. 1

Posthumous Works - Vol. 1

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Following upon "The Pathway of Life" and "Resurrection" the RUSSIAN AUTHORS' LIBRARY presents three volumes of Tolstoy's "Posthumous Works." Out of the miscellaneous collection of Tolstoy's novels, dramas and unfinished sketches which remained unpublished at his death, the editors have included in Volume I of this series "Haji- Murat," a tale of the Caucasus (an amplification of several earlier efforts dealing with certain portions of the main theme); "Father Sergius," a story of the soul experience of an aristocrat, who becomes a monastic as the result of a severe blow to his pride, and in his activity as a teacher of the people and anchorite, having reached the pinnacle of fame and veneration, falls into sin, and only then realizes that his activity had been based on self and pride; "Posthumous Memoirs of Fedor Kusmitch, the Hermit," purporting to be fragments of the diary of Alexander I, who, according to a legend current in Russia, feigned death, substituting for his body the corpse of a double; and two short sketches dealing with supposed incidents in the early reign of Tsar Nicholas II, who ascended the throne so auspiciously and came to such a terrible end,--"The Young Tsar" and "On the Khodyn Heath."

Tolstoy spent several years in the Caucasus as a young cavalry officer. The incidents of the campaign of the Russians in the Daghestan formed the theme of his early stories entitled "The Raid," "The Timber Cutting," "The Cossacks" and "The Caucasian Prisoner." Many years...

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