Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 315-330
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Research Article
Collection: Russian Literature and Journalism in the Pre-revolutionary Era: Forms of Interaction and Methodology of Analysis
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Vyacheslav N. Krylov
Vyacheslav N. Krylov. Leo Tolstoy and the Literary Life in the Early 20 Century in the Mirror of the Press

About the author:

Vyacheslav N. Krylov, DSc in Philology, Professor, Kazan Federal University, Kremlevskaia 18, 420008 Kazan, Russia.


The study examines how some specific features of the literary life of the Silver Age were reflected in various forms of reception of the personality and later activity of L. Tolstoy. It analyzes the representation of Tolstoy’s image in the press. The paradox of the situation with Tolstoy is that he was perceived, on the one hand, as an undisputed living classic of literature yet on the other hand, Tolstoy was also a contemporary of the new era, he did not accept and condemned much of it. His attitude towards new commercial trends in journalism was generally negative, as was his opposition to socalled entertainment culture.

Keywords: fame, Leo Tolstoy, lliterary everyday life, press.