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Who can forget Greta Garbos performance of a lifetime as a woman torn between two lovers and a son in MGMs 1935 Anna Karenina This breathtaking movie is based upon a novel by Leo Tolstoy Shakespeare and Homer are two of the greatest writers of all times One Russian author ranks right up there with those two legends Leo Tolstoy After completing nine major novels three major essays five major novellas and three major dramas this realist is known for his innovative literary style The events of his life his literary worksthe criticism of those works and the effects of his works make Leo Tolstoy the most prominent Russian author todayOn 9 September 1828 28 August according to the calendar used at the time God blessed Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoi and Princess Marya Nikalaevna Volkonskaya witht their fourth son Leo in a small village near Moscow Leo Tolstoy had three older brothers and one younger sister Nikolai Sergei Dmitri and Marya Tolstoys mother died shortly after the death of her daughter in 1830 Just seven years later Tolstoys father died also These deaths left Tolstoy orphaned at age nine Some relatives believed to be aunts raised Tolstoy and his siblings after the death of the count In 1844 Tolstoy began college at the University of Kazon In 1847 he left the oUniversity saying that he had lost faith in prayer In 1851 Tolstoy joined his brother Nikolai in the Caucasus One year later he joined the army and fought the Cossacks alongside his eldest brother In 1854 he was named an officer and he served in the Crimean War until 1856 Tolstoy married Sofya Andreevna Behrs in 1862 The happy couple had thirteen children After a dispute with his wife Tolstoy left home at age eighty-two and died on 20 November 1910 at a Russian railroad station Astapavo Tolstoy was very fond of reading One interenet article posted a list of books that affected Tolstoys
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