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The Power of Darkness: A Drama in Five Acts

The Power of Darkness: A Drama in Five Acts

By: Aylmer Maude, Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude

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Best known today as the author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Count Leo Tolstoy also is acknowledged as a skilled playwright. His five-act drama The Power of Darkness offers a cold and unsparing look at Russian peasant life that illustrates the costs of pursuing personal desires rather than the dictates of morality. The grimly realistic tragedy is based on a real incident, centering on a peasant's confession to a party of wedding guests of his participation in a series of horrific crimes that range from adultery and murder to infanticide.
Tolstoy's moving portrait of a class enslaved by poverty and ignorance was written in 1886, but its performance was suppressed by Russian authorities until 1902. A 1904 version, performed in New York in Yiddish, marked the first successful production of a play by Tolstoy in the United States.

Play to be reprinted from:
Plays by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude
(London: Archibald Constable & Co., 1905).
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486828360
ISBN 139780486828367
Author/EditorAylmer Maude, Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude
Page Count80
Dimensions5 x 8

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