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Birth of Leo Tolstoy

Posted in Anniversary, History, Literature on Monday, 30 August 2010

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picture, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Illustration by Ron Embleton

9 September marks the anniversary of the birth of Leo Tolstoy in 1828. Count Lyev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born into Russian nobility and was an unhappy student at university, leaving part way through his studies. He ran up large gambling debts and joined the army, around which time he began writing.

Tolstoy’s major works were War and Peace and Anna Karenina, famous for their breadth of scope and realistic depiction of life in Russia.

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