War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 1942 | Inner Sanctum Edition

$39.00

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Publisher: Simon & Shuster, NY, 1942
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: Dust Jacket

Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude, with a Foreword by Clifton Fadiman. Inner Sanctum Edition. Published at a time when Moscow and all Russia were threatened by German invaders, this edition provides rich documentation of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion, treating the novel as history rather than literature. Hardcover; lxii, 1361, [9] pages, maps; dust jacket chipped, with a few closed tears. Red cloth, front cover has two stains spots. Binding tender. Include a reader guide and a gift to member card pasted on the half-title page. Overall a Good or better copy in a Good DJ.

War and Peace is considered one of the world’s greatest works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina, as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement.

Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families.

Portions of an earlier version having been serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between 1865 and 1867, the novel was first published in its entirety in 1869. Tolstoy himself, somewhat enigmatically, said of War and Peace that it was “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less an historical chronicle.”

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