Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828–1910) is one of the highest-regarded writers of all time. His bibliography is vast, and many of his works run to huge extents – particularly his well-read novels; he is also known for his plays, short stories, essays and literary correspondence with notable figures. In the 1870s Tolstoy went through a religious awakening, and he dedicated many works to the subject from then on, coming to influence pacifists with his writings. He is perhaps best known today for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, both of which have seen countless adaptations and editions over the years.