Leo Tolstoy

Posted on Wed April 3, 2019 in Literature.

The importance Tolstoy attributes to literature is shown by the following passage in "What is Art?":
"The artist of the future will understand that to compose a fairytale, a little song which will touch, a lullaby or a riddle which will entertain, a jest which will amuse or to draw a sketch such as will delight dozens of generations or millions of children and adults, is incomparably more important and more fruitful than to compose a novel, or a symphony, or paint a picture, of the kind which diverts some members of the wealthy classes for a short time and is then forever forgotten. The religion of this art of the simplest feelings accessible to all is enormous, and it is as yet almost untouched." —by Leo Tolstoy