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Bearded Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is best known for writing War and Peace and Anna Karenina – two ‘realist fiction’ works that describe Russian life and society during the 19th century.

Born in 1828 into wealthy Russian nobility, Tolstoy’s experience in the army caused him to reject his life of privilege and become a devoted Christian anarchist later in life. He married Sophia Andreevna Bers in 1862 and the couple had 13 children together, five of whom died during childhood.

Considered one of the world’s greatest novelists, Tolstoy died of pneumonia in 1910, aged 82.  

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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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