The Napoleonic Image in Hardy and Tolstoy

The Napoleonic Image in Hardy and Tolstoy : A Dual Repudiation of the "Great Man" Theory of History

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The Napoleonic Image in Hardy and Tolstoy, by Raymond Marcus, is an examination of the profound impact Napoleon Bonaparte had upon the literary work of these two world-renowned authors, is based upon a theme Mr. Marcus originally explored while researching and writing his master's thesis at Columbia University. Tolstoy and Hardy were contemporaries, born only twelve years apart and only a few decades after the death of Napoleon; at the time, the French emperor's historical legacy was still quite powerful, especially in Russia and in England. Both Realists, the two drew upon still-vivid nation memories for much of their material In analyzing the writings of these two giants of literature, Marcus has taken care to evaluate them in all their broad historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical contents. Along the way he provides brilliant new appreciations and astonishing insights into their timeless novels.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0533164079
  • 9780533164073

About Raymond Marcus

Raymond Marcus taught English and journalism at several New York City high schools, including Bushwick and Van Buren, during the course of an honored, and honorable, career. His students, and the newspapers for which he was their faculty advisor, won awards from local universities, newspapers and various private and public organizations. Many of those students went on to become successful journalists and writers. In addition to acclaim from his students, fellow teachers, and peers, Mr. Marcus is a Newspaper Fund Fellow, and holds a master's degree from Columbia University. When he is not writings, he enjoys listening to classical music and feeding and nurturing feral cats. Vantage Press is also the publisher of "Between Centuries," a collection of the author's poetry.show more