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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Leo Tolstoy

The goal of the artist is not to solve a question irrefutably, but to force people to love life in all its innumerable, inexhaustible manifestations.


Selected Works by Leo Tolstoy

The Sevastopol Stories (1855-56)
War and Peace (1863-69)
The Cossacks (1863)
Anna Karenina (1873-77)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886)
The Kreutzer Sonata (1891)
Resurrection (1899)
Hadji Murád (1904)

Works by Tolstoy, Posthumously Collected

A Confession and Other Religious Writings (Penguin, 1987)
Childhood, Boyhood, Youth (Modern Library, 2002)
What Is Art? (Penguin, 1995)

Resources about Tolstoy and Russian History

Billington, James H. The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture. 1966. New York: Vintage, 1970.
———. The Face of Russia. New York: TV Books, 1998.
Troyat, Henri. Tolstoy. 1965. Tr. from the French by Nancy Amphoux. New York: Doubleday, 1967.
Wilson, A.N. Tolstoy: A Biography. New York: Norton, 1988.

Websites

Leo Tolstoy Museum-Estate
The Museum website for Tolstoy’s home, Yasnaya Polyana

“Without my Yasnaya Polyana, it is difficult for me to imagine Russia and my relationship to her.”
–Leo Tolstoy

The Russian State Library
Images and biographical information about Leo Tolstoy.

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