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Other Names: Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy; Count Lev Nikolayevich TolstoyBorn: 28-8-1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, Tula province, Russian EmpireDied: 7-11-1910
Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and moral philosopher noted for his ideas of nonviolent resistance. His diary reveals an incessant pursuit of a morally justified life. He was known for his generosity to the peasants. His best known novels are 'War and Peace' (1869), which Tolstoy regarded as an epic rather than a novel, and 'Anna Karenina' (1877). His work was admired in his time by Dostoyevsky, Checkov, Turgenev, and Flaubert, and later by Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.