Leo Tolstoy´s Fables for Children (1904)
As well as writing such lengthy literary classics as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy turned his hand to writing stories for younger readers. Most of the works in the collection above, translated here by Leo Wiener, had their seed in primers which Tolstoy wrote for the school which he established in 1849 for peasant children at his country estate, Yasnaya Polyana (Clear Glades). In the huge variety of tales - through a host of kings, hermits, peasants and talking animals - he expounds his clear vision for a more human and socially just society.
August 7, 2012
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