What Is Art? is the result of fifteen years' reflection on the nature and purpose of art. Tolstoy claims that all good art is related to the authentic life of the broader community and that the aesthetic value of a work of art is not independent of its moral content. The book is noteworthy not only for its famous iconoclasm and compelling attacks on the aestheticist notion of "art for art's sake" but even more for its wit, its lucid and beautiful prose, and its sincere expression of the deepest social conscience. Tolstoy is an author critics typically rank alongside Shakespeare and Homer. A sustained consideration of the cultural import of art by someone who was himself an artist of the highest stature will always remain relevant and fascinating to anyone interested in the place of art and literature in society.
Leo Tolstoy is one of the most well-liked Classics authors in our selection of audiobooks on AudiobookStore.com. With titles that include War and Peace, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Volume 2 and most recently Anna Karenina: Moscow Art Theatre Audioplay (Dramatized), Tolstoy has a total of 70 audiobooks for you to choose from. While Anna Karenina: Moscow Art Theatre Audioplay (Dramatized) is the newest audio book we carry from him, War and Peace was added to our website in 2000, making it the oldest available title in audio format from Tolstoy on AudiobookStore.com. We offer the Unabridged version of the bestselling War and Peace, which is read by the popular audio book narrator Frederick Davidson. His 70 audiobooks make up over 607 hours of stories for customers to enjoy. For a complete list of Tolstoy's Classics audio books, please visit his author page here: Leo Tolstoy audiobooks.