Childhood, Boyhood and Youth

Childhood, Boyhood and Youth

by Leo Tolstoy


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Begun in 1851, when Tolstoy was twenty-three and serving as a cadet in the Russian army, Childhood, the first part of Tolstoy’s first novel, won immediate praise from Turgenev and others, and marked Tolstoy’s emergence as a major writer. Its originality was striking, as Tolstoy sought to communicate with great immediacy the “poetry” of childhood—the intense emotions, confusions, and fears attendant upon a young boy, Nikolenka, as he grows up. In the years following, Boyhood and Youth appeared (a fourth volume was planned but never executed), each replete with psychological and philosophical subtleties hitherto unknown in Russian literature. In Scammell’s resplendent translation, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth remains one of Tolstoy’s major works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789389438710
Publisher: Throne Classics
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

A Russian author of novels, short stories, plays, and philosophical essays, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born into an aristocratic family and is best known for the epic books War and Peace and Anna Karenina, regarded as two of the greatest works of Russian literature. After serving in the Crimean War, Tolstoy retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world-wide fame.

Date of Birth:

September 9, 1828

Date of Death:

November 20, 1910

Place of Birth:

Tula Province, Russia

Place of Death:

Astapovo, Russia


Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Collaborated from his own life experiences written in a daily journal he started at age 17, Tolstoy approached the writing of his first novel when he was only 22 years old. He states that most of the book relates to his own life, his struggles as a boy who never had much of a normal childhood after the early death of his mother and seperation from her at an early age, and we do see the young writer and his cultivating genius that would start the creation of War and Peace. If one is to read this novel only for a compelling allegory, they may be disappointed. But if one is to read this story to understand Leo Tolstoi's early life and how he became the novelist we know him today, I would highly recommend reading this book. We see the Tolstoi, early in the process of his maturity as a writer. We see his mastery at detail and the dedication he puts in his round characters. We see a master in the making.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Tolstoy's novels, and it is OK compared to his great works. The story is kind of dull, but the writing is great. Read it to know how he began, or to read all he has written, but not for a compelling story that touches your heart.
vaellus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Difficult to rate as I read a sickly-sweet Finnish translation, so I'll give it a three as it clearly can't be quite as bad as it seemed. In any case this early Tolstoy work was originally published part by part with the third publication combining _Childhood_ and _Boyhood_ with _Youth_, the final part. _Youth_ is by far the strongest work in this trilogy, the only part that made me think this really is Tolstoy. The two earlier parts, which made me gag and retch and angry enough to want to slap Tolstoy, appear to have more clarity and taste in the Maude translation this edition refers to, but I doubt even a good translation can completely negate the general dullness of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No sh<3>it sherlok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks to the back of the class and sits down*