"Had Tolstoy lived at the Priory in seclusion"
Tolstoy by Kramskoi (1873)
Public DomainTolstoy by Kramskoi (1873) - Credit: Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, or Leo Tolstoy, (1828-1910) was an aristocratic Russian novelist, who is amongst the most highly regarded in world literature.

His best known works are War and Peace and Anna Karenina

Sonia and Alexandra Tolstoy (1886)
Public DomainSonia and Alexandra Tolstoy (1886) - Credit: Nikolaj Nikolajewitsch Ge (1831-1894)

It is on record that one of the first things Leo Tolstoy did after his marriage to Sophia Andreevna Bers in 1862 was ask her to read his diary accounts of previous sexual exploits.