This edition brings together Tolstoy's 1886 masterpiece and several shorter works that connect with it in thought-provoking ways. The stories are accompanied by a fascinating selection of contextual materials, including nineteenth-century reviews, excerpts from Tolstoy's letters concerning death, excerpts from a pamphlet he wrote after witnessing the slaughtering of livestock, and a portfolio of relevant photographs. As well as crafting fresh translations both of the stories themselves and of the background materials, Kirsten Lodge has provided an illuminating introduction and helpful annotations.
Kirsten Lodge is Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literature and Humanities at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Introduction The Death of Ivan Ilyich Strider Three Deaths In Context Killing Animals, Eating Animals from Leo Tolstoy, The First Step from Howard Williams, Preface to The Ethics of Diet: A Catena of Authorities Deprecatory of the Practice of Flesh-Eating (1882) From Tolstoy's Letters Concerning Death Letter of Oct. 17, 1860 to Afanasy Fet (on the death of Tolstoy's brother Nikolai from tuberculosis Letter of May 1, 1868 to Aleksandra Tolstaya, Tolstoy's grandmother (on "Three Deaths") Other Writings by Tolstoy from Leo Tolstoy, Childhood, Chapter 27: Grief (1852) from Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1878 from Leo Tolstoy, Confession (1879) from Leo Tolstoy, "Notes of a Madman" (unfinished; begun in 1884 and published posthumously) Critical Reception from Nikolai Leskov, "On the Kitchen Muzhik and Other Matters: Notes on Certain Reviews of Count Leo Tolstoy's Work" (1886) from Dmitry Pisarev, "`Three Deaths': A Story by Count Leo Tolstoy" (1859) Nineteenth-Century Images