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Count Leo Tolstoy


Russian novelist and social reformer, he joined the army in 1851 and served in the Crimean War, during which he wrote some of his early works. He retired from the army in 1857 and interested himself in the peasants, and settled among them in 1895, renouncing his property in copyright, land , and money. His attitude towards the Church was that of socialistic iconoclast. He was excommunicated in 1901. His greatest works are the novels, War and Peace (1863) and Anna Karenina (1871). His attitude of mind was altruistic and beneficent, but pessimistic and lacking in philosophic sanity. As a writer, he was intensely realistic and full of interest.[H46]

Place of birth: Yasnaya Polyana, Tula province, Russian Empire[J92]
Place of death: Astapovo, Ryazan province[J92]



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