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Brief lives : Leo Tolstoy /

by Briggs, Anthony.
Series: Brief lives. Published by : Hesperus Press, (London :) Physical details: 115 p. ; 20 cm. ISBN: 1843919117 Subject(s): Tolstoy, Leo, %graf, %1828-1910. | Authors, Russian %19th century %Biography. | Novelists, Russian %19th century %Biography. Year: 2010
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 113)

The 'brief life' of a colossus -- Childhood, boyhood and youth -- A monstrous alter ego -- Mountains and warfare -- Foreign travel -- The teacher -- Family happiness -- Before War and Peace -- War and Peace -- Tolstoy on history -- Poison in the soil -- Anna Karenina -- Breakdown and confession -- Achievements in an eventless life -- Other genres -- Tolstoy's resurrection -- Marriage in decline -- Afterlife.

Born in central Russia in 1828, Tolstoy saw action as a soldier before becoming a writer. His two novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are among the best loved in world literature. Anthony Briggs compares these works and describes many others. He also considers why such a strong character as Tolstoy welcomed into his life three appalling individuals whose malign influence changed him and his literary career forever.

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