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Leo Tolstoy was born in central Russia in 1828. He studied Oriental languages and law (although failed to earn a degree in the latter) at the University of Kazan, and after a dissolute youth eventually joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851. He took part in the Crimean War, and the Sebastopol Sketches that emerged from it established his reputation. After living for some time in St Petersburg and abroad, he married Sophie Behrs in 1862 and they had thirteen children. The happiness this brought him gave him the creative impulse for his two greatest novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Later in life his views became increasingly radical as he gave up his possessions to live a simple peasant life. After a quarrel with his wife he fled home secretly one night to seek refuge in a monastery. He became ill during this dramatic flight and died at the small railway station of Astapovo in 1910.

Books by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace
Anna Karenina (Vintage Classic Russians Series)
War and Peace (Vintage Classic Russians Series)
The Cossacks And Hadji Murat
The Kreutzer Sonata
How Much Land Does A Man Need?
Classic Tales And Fables For Children
The Death Of Ivan Ilyich
Hadji Murat
Childhood, Boyhood, Youth
The Devil
The Death Of Ivan Ilych
Android Karenina
Resurrection
The Kreutzer Sonata And Other Stories
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
The Cossacks And Other Stories
Master And Man And Other Stories
Mod Lib The Death Of Ivan Ilyich
Mod Lib The Kreutzer Sonata
What Is Art?
Mod Lib Hadji Murad
Mod Lib Childhood, Boyhood And Youth
Collected Shorter Fiction Boxed Set (2 Volumes)