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Lectures on Leo Tolstoy and War & Peace

Leo Tolstoy is one of the world’s greatest writers and arguably Russia’s greatest writer, surpassing even Fyodor Dostoevsky. Tolstoy wrote many famous books over his long and remarkable life, the most famous being Anna Karenina and War and Peace, which has been called “Russia’s Iliad and Odyssey.” Tolstoy happens to be my favorite writer, and War and Peace is my favorite book of all time. While I have published on the remarkable work of literature in professional venues, in this series of lectures available on YouTube I explain the main characters of War and Peace as well as summarize the meaning of the epic novel in just half an hour through an examination of the four main characters of the story: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, Pierre Bezukhov, Nikolai Rostov, and Natasha Rostov.

LECTURE ONE: WAR AND PEACE – SUMMARY & ANALYSIS

LECTURE TWO: CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF ANDREI AND PIERRE

LECTURE THREE: CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF NATASHA AND HELENE

LECTURE FOUR: CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF NAPOLEON AND KUTUZOV

* A full length article on War and Peace, written by me, served as the title for my book The Odyssey of Love. It is included as the final chapter/essay in that volume of literary essays covering Hesiod and Homer and running through 2500 years of Western literature before concluding with two chapters on Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece.

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Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor-in-chief of VoegelinView. He is writer, classicist, and historian. He has written on the arts, culture, classics, literature, philosophy, religion, and history for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and Making Sense of Diseases and Disasters. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and religious studies (biblical studies & theology) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.

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