The Three Questions

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"The Three Questions"
1916 cover
A 1916 cover illustration by Michael Sevier
AuthorLeo Tolstoy
TranslatorAylmer and Louise Maude
CountryRussia
LanguageRussian
Genre(s)Parable
Published inWhat Men Live By, and Other Tales
Media typePrint
Publication date1898

"The Three Questions" is a short story by Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in 1885[citation needed] as part of the collection What Men Live By, and Other Tales. The story takes the form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life.

He consults wise men, promising a large sum to anyone who could answer those questions, but their answers were too diverse and did not satisfy the king. So, he goes to a hermit in search of his help. The rest of the story revolves around both of them.

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  • "The Works of Tolstoi." Black's Readers Service Company: Roslyn, New York. 1928.

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