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Book: The Gospel in Brief by Leo Tolstoy

To understand Tolstoy is to grasp how Romanticism is always a frustrated realism. Tolstoy sought a moral and aesthetic realism. He expressed it in his novels and short stories. He was born into the privileged life of the Tsarist aristocracy and celebrated that life in his earliest novels, though with an undertone of protest at the evident injustice suffered by peasants. His gambling brought hi...

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