Thursday, March 3, 2016

Leo Tolstoy: A Digital Bibliography

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910

Below is a list of links to the works of Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) that are in the public domain. All of his major works are available for free including each of his novels, the vast majority of his short fiction and all of his plays. I’ve included a half dozen of the most famous and significant religious, philosophical and critical works and one volume of Tolstoy's journal. Many of the available texts were translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude with the author's official sanction, but you'll also find translations by the usual 19th century suspects (Constance Garnett, C. J. Hogarth, Nathan Haskell Doyle, et al.)

If you're not quite ready for the epic heft of War and Peace or Anna Karenina (both wonderful works that are well worth the effort to read), there are several smaller works that you might consider first, like The Cossacks (a love story set in the Caucasus), Sevastopol, (a gripping fictionalized account of the author's real life experiences in the Crimean War), The Death of Ivan Ilyich (a novella about the dying days of a high court judge) or just about any of the short stories. Chances are if you like any of those works, you might very well get hooked. If so, there are plenty of great books to explore.

I used Wikipedia’s Tolstoy bibliography page and a bibliography from the University of Adelaide to date the works listed below. Other than that, I relied on the bibliographical information in the various editions themselves when available. Novels are listed in the chronological order of first Russian publication.  Short fiction is ordered by the year in which the English translations appeared with the date of origin indicated for each story. I've tried to arrange the short fiction titles so that they're more or less in chronological order. The titles of the novels and novellas are italicized and the short story titles appear in quotes. (*) denotes key works.


Childhood (1852) tr. C.J. Hogarth
Boyhood (1854) tr. C.J. Hogarth
Youth (1856) tr. C. J. Hogarth
The Cossacks (1863)* tr. Louise and Aylmer Maude
War & Peace (1869)* tr. Louise and Aylmer Maude
Anna Karenina (1877)* tr. Constance Garnett
Resurrection (1899) tr. Louise Maude

Short Fiction

The Russian Proprietor & Other Stories (1887) tr. Nathan Haskell Doyle
                              “The Russian Proprietor” (1852)
                              “Lucerne” (1857)
                              “Recollections of a Scorer” (1855)*
                              “Albert” (1858)
                              “Two Hussars” (1856)
                              “Three Deaths” (1859)
                              “A Prisoner in the Caucasus” (1872)*

Sevastopol (1855)* tr. Isabel F. Hapgood

Family Happiness (1859) tr. Louise and Aylmer Maude

“Where Love Is, There God Is Also” (1885) tr. Nathan Haskell Doyle

The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886)* tr. Louise and Aylmer Maude

The Kreutzer Sonata & Other Stories (1889) tr. uncredited
                              The Kreutzer Sonata (1889)* with Tolstoy’s postscript 
                              “Ivan the Fool” (1885)
                              “A Lost Opportunity” (1889)
                              “Polikushka” (1863)
                              “The Candle” (1885)

What Men Live By & Other Tales (unknown date) tr. Louise and Aylmer Maude
                              “What Men Live By” (1881)*
                              “Three Questions”  (1903)*
                              “The Coffee-House of Surat” (1893)*
                              “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”  (1886)*

“Master and Man” (1895) tr. Louise and Aylmer Maude

“Father Sergius” (1898) tr. Louise and Aylmer Maude  

The Forged Coupon & Other Stories (1911) tr. uncredited
                              The Forged Coupon (19??)*
                              “After the Dance” (1903) (a.k.a. “After the Ball”)
                              “Alyosha the Pot” (1905)
                              “My Dream” (1906)
                              “There Are No Guilty People” (1909)
                              “The Young Tsar” (1894)

Hadji Murad (1912)* tr. Aylmer Maude


Plays: Complete Ed., Including the Posthumous Plays (1919) tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude     
                              The Power of Darkness (1886)
                              The First Distiller (1886)
                              Fruits of Culture (1889)
                              The Live Corpse (1900)
                              The Cause of it All (1910)
                              The Light Shines in Darkness (1890)

Selected Religious, Philosophical & Critical Works

A Confession (1879)* tr. Leo Weiner
My Religion (1884)* tr. Huntington Smith
What Shall We Do? (1886)* tr. uncredited 
The Kingdom of God is Within You (1893)* tr. Constance Garnett
What is Art? (1897)* tr. Aylmer Maude
Letter to a Hindu (1908)* tr. uncredited, Introduction by M. K. Ghandi


The Journal of Leo Tolstoy: First Volume 1895-1899 (1911) tr. Rose Strunsky

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