Not many writers
have had the widespread, long-lasting influence of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. As well as creating
War and Peace and Anna Karenina, two of the most noteworthy novels in world literature, Tolstoy was a thinker whose theories of Christian behavior inspired many
people. In many of his works, Tolstoy repeated the fundamental theory that murder is wrong and that killing one's fellow
human beings in any situation is murder. Thus, for Tolstoy the truth was that war and executions are murder, even though people
try to defend them. In Tolstoy’s opinion, the essential solution to war
was for people to understand what war truly is and call it by its correct name.
Among people who were influence by Tolstoy’s theories are Mahatma Gandhi and Martin
Luther King Jr. Tolstoy’s works The Kingdom of God is Within You and My Religion in which he developed
his principles of nonviolent resistance have had a great impact on Mahatma Gandhi’s and Martin Luther King’s Jr.
views of the world. (Gandhi Influenced…, Martin Luther King Influenced…)
Another great writer influenced by Tolstoy’s literature is Fyodor Dostoevsky. Tolstoy
was possibly Dostoevsky's rival for the titles of "Russia's Greatest Novelist" and "Russia's Greatest Moral Philosopher."
Tolstoy is best known for his epic work, War and Peace, which challenged the popular at that time view that war was
glamorous. Tolstoy's huge success with War and Peace inspired Dostoevsky to make an epic novel of his own - Brothers
Karamazov. (Influences of Leo Tolstoy)