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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy ranks as one of the worlds great writers He was also an important moral thinker and reformer Tolstoy was born at Yasnaya Polyana Russia the fourth of five children After being educated at Kazan in 1844 he joined the army in 1852 He fought proudly in the Crimean War and after he left the army he traveled abroad He inspected German schools to insure their quality before going to his brothers side outside of Marseille France Nicolai died at a spa with his brother at his side This death affected Tolstoy so deeply that his writing was the only thing that kept him afloat Upon his return Tolstoy settled on his Volga estate where he wrote his epic masterpiece War and Peace - the story of five families during Napoleons invasion of Russia His next novel Anna Karenina written in the romantic period is one of the great love stories of the world He married Sofya Andreyevna Bers aka Sonya and had nine children Tolstoy then experienced a spiritual crisis which led to such works as A Confession and What I Believe Some of his similar earlier struggles were recorded in Anna Karenina which he had previously published Tolstoy converted to his religion Tolstoyism This faith said that only through emotional and religious commitment can one discover this natural truth His family disapproved of this and made life around the Tolstoy house unbearable for almost everyoneIn his last days he transferred his fortune to his wife and lived poorly as a peasant under her roof Leaving home secretly Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy died of pneumonia some days later at nearby railway station Anna is portrayed as a beautiful mysterious woman who encompasses the quest for personal discovery She is content in her life but sees something that she wants more This love the love for Vronsky drives her to unimaginable heights to keep her life and mental state at a safe level
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