Leo Tolstoy

1828 - 1910

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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, IPA: [ˈlʲef nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] ; 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential authors of all time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leo Tolstoy has received more than 12,559,080 page views. His biography is available in 179 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 172 in 2019). Leo Tolstoy is the 11th most popular writer, the 4th most popular biography from Russia (up from 5th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Writer.

Leo Tolstoy is most famous for his epic novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

Memorability Metrics

  • 13M

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  • 86.36

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 179

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.99

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.54

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Russian language, Russian Short stories, Russian language books
War and Peace
War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count, who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves behind his family to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman, who intrigues both men. As Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy vividly follows characters from diverse backgrounds - peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers - as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving - and human - figures in world literature.
Anna Karénina
Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.
Twenty-three tales
The Death of Ivan Ilych
Fiction, Russian language, Death

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Over the past year Leo Tolstoy has had the most page views in the with 1,688,740 views, followed by Russian (1,397,697), and Spanish (452,142). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Avar (1,856.73%), Tumbuka (680.71%), and Kirghiz (264.65%)


Among writers, Leo Tolstoy ranks 11 out of 7,302Before him are Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord Byron, Voltaire, and Hans Christian Andersen. After him are Victor Hugo, Sophocles, Franz Kafka, Miguel de Cervantes, Jules Verne, and Virgil.

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Among people born in 1828, Leo Tolstoy ranks 1After him are Jules Verne, Henry Dunant, Henrik Ibsen, Saigō Takamori, Rani of Jhansi, Hippolyte Taine, Charbel Makhlouf, Randal Cremer, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, and Ferdinand Cohn. Among people deceased in 1910, Leo Tolstoy ranks 1After him are Henry Dunant, Mark Twain, Florence Nightingale, Robert Koch, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, William James, Henri Rousseau, Edward VII, Nadar, Chulalongkorn, and O. Henry.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Leo Tolstoy ranks 4 out of 3,761Before him are Immanuel Kant (1724), Vladimir Lenin (1870), and Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821). After him are Vladimir Putin (1952), Yuri Gagarin (1934), Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Dmitri Mendeleev (1834), Anton Chekhov (1860), Peter the Great (1672), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Leo Tolstoy ranks 2Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821). After him are Anton Chekhov (1860), Alexander Pushkin (1799), Ayn Rand (1905), Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Boris Pasternak (1890), and Ivan Turgenev (1818).