Leo Tolstoy


Birthday August 28, 1828

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Russia

DEATH DATE Nov 20, 1910 (82)

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Nineteenth-century Russian author whose most famous works of realism are his epic novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). His other works include autobiographical novels, novellas, essays, and plays.

Before Fame

He set out to study law at Kazan University, but was a poor student. After leaving his studies behind and accruing considerable gambling debts, he followed his brother into the army.


His famous novel, Anna Karenina, is considered a pinnacle of realist fiction.

Family Life

He was born into Russian nobility as the child of Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy and Countess Mariya Tolstaya. He had four siblings. Tolstoy's marriage to Sophia Andreevna Behrs started blissfully, however his radical beliefs eventually strained the relationship. He had a total of 14 children.

Associated With

Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky are considered Russia's two greatest novelists.