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About Leo Tolstoy. Leo Tolstoy. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina , are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction.
Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.
His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. Books by Leo Tolstoy. Related Articles. Philippa Gregory's Favorite Fictional Heroines. Philippa Gregory is best known for reimagining the lives of famous royal women in bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Read more No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
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Tolstoy's life was defined by moral and artistic seeking and by conflict with himself and his surroundings. Of the old nobility, he began by living the usual, dissipated life of a man of his class; however, his inner compulsion for moral self-justification led him in a different direction. In he became a soldier in the Caucasus and began to publish even while stationed there Childhood  and other works. Even more significant were his experiences during the Crimean War: the siege of Sevastopol provided the background for his sketches of human behavior in battle in the Sevastopol Stories After the war, Tolstoy mixed for a time with St.