Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 - 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood and Youth (1852-1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness and Hadji Murad. He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.
Master and Manby Henry Bergen (Translator), Leo Tolstoy
In this short story, a merchant, Brekhinov sets off on a one-day journey with his servant, Nikita. When a blizzard strands them, the merchant learns the uselessness of relying simply on wealth and worldly success and the necessity of goodness, sacrifice, and service for a complete life.
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