July 30 , 2010



Youth was the third book in Leo Tolstoy’s trilogy about a young man growing up in early nineteenth century Russia, following the publication of Childhood and Boyhood. The trilogy of novels is thought by some critics to be autobiographical and there are some elements that are close to Tolstoy’s life. However, other critics such as A. N. Wilson have shown that Childhood, Boyhood and Youth were attempts by the young Tolstoy to create his own mythology about his early years.

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The artistic work of Leo Tolstoy has been described as "nothing less than one tremendous diary kept for over fifty years." This particular "diary" begins with Tolstoy's first published work,CHILDHOOD, which was written when he was only 23. A semi-autobiographical work, it recounts two days in the childhood of…

Youth was first published in 1856 in the Russian literary journal Sovremennik (or The Contemporary in English).

This edition of Youth also features a brief Biography of Leo Tolstoy and a Bibliography with ideas for further research into Leo Tolstoy and his works.

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