Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 - 20 November 1910) was a Russian novelist and anarchist, famous for writing the books War and Peace and Anna Karenina. He was a Christian and believed in non-violence. His work The Kingdom of God is Within You has influenced people like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

Early life[change | change source]

Tolstoy was born at Yasnaya Polyana, the family estate in the region of Tula, Russia and he married Sofia Andreevna Bers.

Death[change | change source]

Tolstoy died in 1910, at the age of 82. He died of Pneumonia (An inflammatory condition of the lung and alveoli.)  

Life and Career[change | change source]

When he was young his Parents died, so he and his siblings were brought up by relatives. At the age of Sixteen, he began studying law and Oriental languages (Such as Chinese etc.). Unfortunately, he left University in the middle of his Studies and spent much of his time in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Later on in his life, he joined the Army with his brother after running up some heavy Gambling debts. It was at that time that he started Writing.

After shaping both his Political and Literary development in 1861, through Europe. He returned to Russia and founded 13 schools for Russia's Peasant children.