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A decent, albeit slanted, introduction.,
This review is from: Tolstoy: A Biography (Paperback)
Wilson's book is similar to books published by an author such as Robert Payne in that its entertaining and informative, but isn't the sort of book that would be very helpful in conducting graduate research or something of that sort. Much like the biographies of Robert Payne, there's a number of factual inaccuracies that would be patently obvious to scholars of the era.
If you're searching for a brisk and entertaining read, and aren't too hung up on some small detail that Wilson got wrong, then I would definitely recommend Wilson's book. But if you're trying to write a MA thesis, and need the most thorough and accurate information on Tolstoy available, you might want to look elsewhere; as this would probably fit more into the genre of popular biography. Unfortunately, no book exists that is analogous to Joseph Frank's 5 volume biography of Dostoevsky, that focuses on his counterpart Leo Tolstoy, so the best option for someone doing a research paper would probably be Henri Troyat's.
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Initial post: Jul 12, 2014 10:13:55 PM PDT
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William Shelton says:
Why is your review so focused on the needs of graduate students? That is but a small fraction of the total potential readership. Also, it begs the question: what about undergrads? Could I use it for a high school paper? An junior high book report?
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