Isaiah Berlin's classic essay on Tolstoy - an exciting new edition with new criticism and a foreword.
Sir Isaiah Berlin OM spent the whole of his professional life at Oxford, as a Fellow of All Souls College, a Fellow of New College, Chichele Professor of Social and Political theory and first President of Wolfson College. He is the author of many books and was President of the British Academy from 1974 until 1978. He died in 1997.
This little book is so entertaining, as well as acute, that the reader hardly notices that it is learned too - OBSERVERThe most important study of Tolstoy's thought written in English for a long time - THE LISTENERBrilliant ... searching and profound - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENTVery readable, with a lively honed down style - SUNDAY MERCURYDelightful to read - SUNDAY TIMES[Berlin] has a deep and subtle feeling for the puzzle of Tolstoy's personality, and he writes throughout ... with a wonderful eloquence - NEW YORK TIMESBeautifully written and suggestive - NEW YORKERThe argument is ingenious and subtle, full of overtones - exactly what good critical writing should be - GUARDIAN