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Tolstoy on Shakespeare: A Critical Essay on Shakespeare

by Leo Tolstoy

translated by V. Tcherkoff and I. F. M.

followed by Appendix Shakespeare's Attitude to the Working Classes

by Ernest Crosby

and a Letter from G. Bernard Shaw

FIRST EDITION. New York and London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1906.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Handsome binding features green cloth covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, as well as gilt along head of textblock.
  • Volume displays minor to minimal overall wear. 
  • Covers display minimal edgewear, with gilt still bright.
  • Spine exhibits minimal rubbing to ends, and a little bumping to foot.
  • Binding is secure, with two instances of gaps at gutter. (See photos)
  • Endpapers display commensurate toning.
  • Interior is remarkably well preserved showing little to no toning.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Pages in second half of book, starting from roughly page 85, have a persistent, faint crease to head of gutter, going about 1.5" into page. (See photos)
  • Text block edges have gilt along head, and are gently toned.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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126 pages + 43 page appendix. 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

Handsome binding features green cloth covers and gilt lettering on front and spine, as well as gilt along head of textblock.

Includes pages of advertisement from publisher.

This fascinating essay by a great author on another great author is centered around King Lear, one of Shakespeare's well-known works. This highly unconventional analysis attempts to demonstrate that Shakespeare is not as remarkable or genial a writer as the world believes him to be. In order to explain his point Tolstoy delivers a study of the play and its plot, with many references to other works by Shakespeare.

Part 2 - Appendix features another essay on Shakespeare detailing his attitude towards the working class, as well as a letter from G. Bernard Shaw on Tolstoy's work.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English playwright and poet. Widely regarded as the greatest playwright in the history of literature, he has been called England's national poet. His works have been translated and adapted throughout the world and the centuries.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer who is considered one of the greatest authors of all times. He also wrote plays, and received multiple nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature towards the end of his life.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and social activist whose influence on Western theater, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He has regularly been rated among dramatists as second only to Shakespeare. 

[All bios taken from Wikipedia]

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