Anyone who has read Leo Tolstoy knows that curling up with War and Peace or Anna Karenina is no easy feat. At nearly 700 pages apiece, each novel offers adventure, history, views on social reform, morality, economics, human will, society, and of course, war and peace — but even more interesting is the man behind these works, who was born on this day in 1828.
A Renaissance man, Leo Tolstoy was born into Russian nobility in Yasnaya Polyana as Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, the fourth son of Count Nikolay Tolstoy. Virginia Woolf even declared Tolstoy as "[the] greatest of all novelists."
Sketch of Leo Tolstoy at age 29, as an officer in the Crimean War
(Source: Life Magazine)
Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostova in adaptation of Tolstoy's
"War and Pace" film – (Source: Life Magazine)
To celebrate Tolstoy today, make yourself a cup of kvass and check out some of his works on Google Books in full view, including War and Peace, Boyhood, Anna Karenina, as well as some of his short stories.