One of our blog reader would like to have a biography of Tolstoy. I'm trying here to make a brief introduction about him. Here is the summarize. Enjoy....
Leo Tolstoy, was born August 28, 1828 in Tula Guberniya of Central Russia. He is one of the Russian nobilty and remained a class-conscious nobleman who cherished his impeccable French pronunciation. He lost his mother when he was two, and his father when he was nine.
In 1884, Tolstoy began studying law and oriental languages at Kazan University. He found no meaning in further studies and left the university in the middle of a term. From the very beginning, his diary (which is extant from 1847 on) reveals an insatiable thirst for a rational and moral justification of life, a thirst that forever remained a ruling force in his mind. The same diary was his first experiment in forging a technique of psychological analysis which was to become his principal literary weapon. The picture at the right is Tolstoy with his grand daughter.
Tolstoy's first literary effort was a translation of A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.In 1859 he started a school for peasant children at Yasnaya, followed by twelve others, whose ground-breaking libertarian principles Tolstoy described in his 1862 essay, "The School at Yasnaya Polyana". He also authored a great number of stories for peasant children. His marriage is one of the two most important landmarks in the life of Tolstoy, the other being his conversion. For the first fifteen years of his married life he lived in a blissful state of confidently satisfied life, whose philosophy is expressed with supreme creative power in War and Peace. Tolstoy had always been fundamentally a rationalist. But at the time he wrote his great novels, his rationalism was suffering an eclipse. Somewhat surprisingly, Tolstoy did not consider War and Peace to be a novel (nor did he consider many of the great Russian fictions written at that time to be novels). It was to him an epic in prose.