Leo Tolstoy

1828 - 1910

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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, IPA: [ˈlʲef nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] (listen); 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 who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909 and the fact that he never won is a major controversy.Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, Tolstoy's notable works include the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leo Tolstoy has received more than 9,563,789 page views. His biography is available in 170 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 163 in 2019). Leo Tolstoy is the 10th most popular writer (up from 11th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Russia and the 2nd most popular Russian Writer.

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

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Among writers, Leo Tolstoy ranks 10 out of 5,794Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, and Franz Kafka. After him are Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, Molière, Honoré de Balzac, and Albert Camus.

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

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Leo Tolstoy ranks 4 out of 2,688Before him are Immanuel Kant (1724), Vladimir Lenin (1870), and Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821). After him are Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Yuri Gagarin (1934), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840), Dmitri Mendeleev (1834), Anton Chekhov (1860), Peter the Great (1672), Alexander Pushkin (1799), and Vladimir Putin (1952).

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), Maxim Gorky (1868), Ayn Rand (1905), Isaac Asimov (1920), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), and Boris Pasternak (1890).