What is Art?

What is Art?

Paperback Library of Liberal Arts (Macmillan Publishing Company).

By (author) Leo Tolstoy, Translated by Aylmer Maude


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  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 210mm x 14mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 087220295X
  • ISBN 13: 9780872202955
  • Sales rank: 443,789

Product description

Maude's excellent translation of Tolstoy's treatise on the emotionalist theory of art was the first unexpurgated version of the work to appear in any languages. More than ninety years later this work remains, as Vincent Tomas observed, one of the most rigorous attacks on formalism and on the doctrine of art for art's sake ever written. Tomas's Introduction makes this the edition of choice for students of aesthetics and anyone with philosophical interests.

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Author information

Leo Tolstoy is the author of what are widely regarded as two of the greatest novels ever written: Anna Karenina; and War and Peace.