Leo Tolstoy

BornLev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy 

September 9, 1828
Yasnaya Polyana.

DiedNovember 7, 1910
Alma mater


Kazan University

Lisbon High School 

Durham Elementary School

Author, Philosopher, Novelist and Playwright

GenreRealistic Fiction
Years active1852-1899
Notable worksWar and Peace and Anna Karenina 
SpouseSophia Behrs


Leo Tolstoy, whose full name was Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) was an, Russian Novelist and philosopher. He is widely recognised for being finest novelist in the global literature. His works are segmented by their epic scope, and philosophical themes.

Tolstoy’s career took a take on from auto graphical writings. But mainly he gained recognition from his epic novels. “war and peace” is his most well-known work, examines the lives of numerous characters against the back drop of the Napoleonic Wars

Education and Early Childhood

September 9,1828, Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocrat family in yasnaya, polyana, Russia, he was raised in a rich family and received tutoring at home when he was young. Tolstoy lost his both parents when he was young, leaving his life tragedy. Then, he enrolled himself into Kazan University in 1844 but he never finished it. Also, he started writing when he was in college, later in 1851 he joined the Russian army and served in the Caucasus region. His expression in the military later influenced his writings, particularly novella “The Cossacks”.

Career as author

Leo Tolstoy’s writing career spanned many years and produced some of the most significant pieces of literature in history. After leaving college without completing his studies, Tolstoy returned to his family’s estate in Yasnaya Polyana, where he immersed himself in agricultural and educational endeavors. However, writing remained his true passion.

Tolstoy career takes the road of success through his autographical writings like “childhood” (1852), “youth” (1857), “boyhood” (1854). His distinctive books bring him to the spotlight of literary world.

There was an imperative difference in his early and later works on the basis of themes, style, tone, and philosophical outlook. Likewise in his early writings he used to have a theme of narrative and storytelling, realism, social critique, and exploration of love and society. Whereas in his later works he used to have a theme of philosophical and didactic, simplicity and moral clarity, direct address to the reader, death and redemption. He had evolved a lot over a period of as so his works to.

Noteworthy Awards and Accolades

Leo Tolstoy was one of the most influential author, as we can clearly see through his works, awards and accolades that He had received throughout his life.

  1. Nobel prize in literature: in 1901 and 1902, but he denied to accept it
  2. Gold medal of the Russian academy of science: 1880
  3. Puskin prize: 1882
  4. Russian academy of science Demidov prize: in 1858
  5. honorary doctorate: 1901
  6. recognition as a culture and philosophical figure: it was not an official award.

Personal Life

Leo Tolstoy was married to Sophia Tolstoy and had 13 kids with her but, later they got divorce and started living separately. Leo continued his spiritual and philosophical beliefs. Later his beliefs started to take a touch into his writing style and themes to. Then in 1910 he left his family estate at the age of 82. And continued his further journey with his daughter Aleksandra. During the journey he felt ill and then died on the railway station of astapovo in November 1910.

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Leo Tolstoy famous books and Work till now

  1. War and Peace (1865-1869)
  2. Anna Karenina (1877)
  3. The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886)
  4. Resurrection (1899)
  5. The Kreutzer Sonata (1889)
  6. Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852-1857)
  7. The Cossacks (1863)
  8. Hadji Murad (1904)
  9. Family Happiness (1859)
  10. The Forged Coupon (1911)
  11. The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894)
  12. What Is Art? (1897)
  13. A Confession (1882)
  14. The Devil (1911)
  15. Sebastopol Sketches (1855)

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