Shelburne Essays (volume 1); Shelburne Essays by Paul Elmer MoreShelburne Essays (volume 1); Shelburne Essays by Paul Elmer More

Shelburne Essays (volume 1); Shelburne Essays

byPaul Elmer More

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... TOLSTOY; OR, THE ANCIENT FEUD BE- TWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND ART This has been a century of strange conversions, and not least strange among these is Count Leo Tolstoy's abdication of an art in which he had won world-wide reputation for the r61e of prophet and iconoclast. "What is Art?" he has asked himself, and his published answer,' the outcome of fifteen years of meditation, is a denial of all that has made art noble in the past, and a challenge to those who seek to continue that tradition in the present. Furthermore he has put his theory into practice in a long and powerful novel, Resurrection? Naturally such a renunciation on the part of an undisputed master in the craft caused no small commotion among poets and critics. Many of these, chiefly of the French school, shrugged their shoulders and smiled at a theory that would reject the works of Sophocles and Dante and Shakespeare as "savage and meaningless," and find in Uncle Tom's Cabin the acme of art toward 1 What is Art? By Leo F. Tolstoy. New York: T. Y. Crowell & Co. * Resurrection. By Leo F. Tolstoy. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. r which the ages have been tending. Others have taken the quasi prophet more seriously, and with much ingenuity have pointed out the seeming flaws in his argument. Must I for my part confess that I have been chiefly impressed by the terrible and relentless logic of the book? It is easy to smile; it is easy to denounce the work as " literary nihilism put into practice by a converted pessimist." Pessimist and fanatic and barbarian Tolstoy may be, and to judge from his portrait alone he is all these; yet I know not how we shall escape his ruthless conclusions unless we deny resolutely his premises, and these are in part what our age holds as its dearest heritage of truth. Furthermore, his the...
Title:Shelburne Essays (volume 1); Shelburne EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217991939

ISBN - 13:9780217991933