One of the great masters of the 19th-century novel, Tolstoy created a sweeping epic in War and Peace which folds together huge events in history and politics with the emotional lives of individuals. But it was his deeply spiritual outlook that made him an icon.
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Also Known As:
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy (full name)
Date of Birth:
September 9, 1828
Place of Birth:
Tula Province, Russia
Date of Death:
November 20, 1910
|Place of Death:
Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47
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|The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Last Year|
Set during the last years of Tolstoy's life, this novel chronicles the conflict between Tolstoy's professed doctrine of poverty and his enormous wealth. Gore Vidal called it "one of the best historical novels written in the last 20 years."
|Tolstoy: A Biography|
A. N. Wilson
A.N. Wilson's biography -- which Publishers Weekly called "a magnificent achievement, a work of seamless scholarship" -- studies how Tolstoy's art grew out of the three unresolved relationships in his life: with God, with women, and with Russia.
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