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Childhood (version 2)

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

1. I. The Tutor, Karl Ivanitch
2. II. Mamma
3. III. Papa
4. IV. Lessons
5. V. The Idiot
6. VI. Preparations for the Chase
7. VII. The Hunt
8. VIII. We Play Games
9. IX. A First Essay in Love
10. X. The Sort of Man My Father Was
11. XI. In the Drawing-room and the Study
12. XII. Grisha
13. XIII. Natalya Savishna
14. XIV. The Parting
15. XV. Childhood
16. XVI. Verse-Making
17. XVII. The Princess Kornakoff
18. XVIII. Prince Ivan Ivanovitch
19. XIX. The Iwins
20. XX. Preparations for the Party
21. XXI. Before the Mazurka
22. XXII. The Mazurka
23. XXIII. After the Mazurka
24. XXIV. In Bed
25. XXV. The Letter
26. XXVI. What Awaited Us at the Country-house
27. XXVII. Grief
28. XXVIII. Sad Recollections

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    Summary

    Childhood is the first published novel by Leo Tolstoy, released under the initials L. N. in the November 1852 issue of the popular Russian literary journal The Contemporary. It is the first in a series of three novels and is followed by Boyhood and Youth. Published when Tolstoy was just twenty-three years old, the book was an immediate success, earning notice from other Russian novelists including Ivan Turgenev, who heralded the young Tolstoy as a major up-and-coming figure in Russian literature. Childhood is an exploration of the inner life of a young boy, Nikolenka, and one of the books in Russian writing to explore an expressionistic style, mixing fact, fiction and emotions to render the moods and reactions of the narrator.