The first published novel by Leo Tolstoy released in November 1852. It is the first in a series of three novels and is followed by Boyhood and Youth. Published when Tolstoy was just twenty-three years old, the book was an immediate success, earning notice from other Russian novelists including Ivan Turgenev, who heralded the young Tolstoy as a major up-and-coming figure in Russian literature. Well-worth reading if you are interested in 19th century literature.
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, writer, essayist, philosopher, Christian anarchist, pacifist, educational reformer, moral thinker, and an influential member of the Tolstoy family. As a fiction writer Tolstoy is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all novelists, particularly noted for his masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina; in their scope, breadth and realistic depiction of Russian life, the two books stand at the peak of realistic fiction.
As a moral philosopher he was notable for his ideas on nonviolent resistance through his work The Kingdom of God is Within You, which in turn influenced such twentieth-century figures as Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
About the Author
Lev Nikolayeviç Tolstoy (Rusça: Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й; 9 Eylül 1828 - 20 Kasım 1910), Rus yazar.
Zengin bir ailenin çocuğu olarak Yasnaya-Polyana'da doğdu. Çok küçük yaşlarında önce annesini, sonra babasını kaybetti, yakınlarının elinde büyüdü. Çocukluğundan beri gerçekleri incelemeye karşı büyük bir ilgisi vardı. Öğrenimini tamamlamak için Moskova'ya gitti. Çalışkan zeki bir öğrenci olarak başarı ve sevgi kazandı. Fransızcasını ilerletmiş, Voltaire'i ve J. J. Rousseau'yu okumuş, bu iki yazarın kuvvetli etkisinde kalmıştı. Yasnaya-Polyana'ya döndü, yoksul köylüler arasına katıldı. İlk eseri olan "Çocukluk"u bu sıralarda yazdı.
Leon Tolstoy in May 1908
Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana, the family estate in the Tula region of Russia. The Tolstoys were a well-known family of old Russian nobility. He was the fourth of five children of Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy, a veteran of the Patriotic War of 1812, and Countess Mariya Tolstaya (Volkonskaya). Tolstoy's parents died when he was young, so he and his siblings were brought up by relatives. In 1844, he began studying law and oriental languages at Kazan University. His teachers described him as "both unable and unwilling to learn." Tolstoy left university in the middle of his studies, returned to Yasnaya Polyana and then spent much of his time in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In 1851, after running up heavy gambling debts, he went with his older brother to the Caucasus and joined the army. It was about this time that he started writing.
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