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Leo Tolstoy

Life of Leo Tolstoy
Picture Gallery
Tolstoy's Themes
Theme Analysis
Tolstoy's Imagery
Tolstoy's Writing Style
Tolstoy's Literary Devices
What Critics Write
Topics of Related Interest
Helpful Resources for Students
Writers Influenced by Leo Tolstoy
Influences on World Literature
Literary Movements
Multimedia Links
Other Wonderful Sites
A Glance at Tolstoy's Masterpieces
Leo Tolstoy's Quotes
Works Cited
"Historians are like deaf people who go on answering  questions that no one has asked them".(Leo Tolstoy)



Tolstoy Timeline


1828 August 28 Leo Tolstoy is born.


1844 -1847 Went to Kazan University, but got no degree.


1851 Joins his older brother in military service in the Caucasus.

Started his diary, which he led until death. Here, inspired by Caucasus, Tolstoy starts to write.


1851-1853 Participates in some military actions in Caucasus. Soon after the beginning of the Crimean War, by personal request, he was sent into battle to Sevastopol.

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1852 Writes his first work, novel Childhood.

1853-63. Writes narrative The CossacksPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting


1854. Writes novel Boyhood.


1855 Moves to Saint Petersburg, where he meets famous Russian writers like Nekrasov, Turgenev, Goncharov, Chernishevsky, etc.


1857 Writes novel Youth.

1858-59 Writes novel Family Happiness. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


1859- 62 Opens and works in a school for peasant children at Yasnaya Polyana.

1862 Marries Sofia Bertz.    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

1863-69 Writes epic novel War and Peace. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

                Start of publication 1865.

1873-77 Writes  novel Anna Karenina.  Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

1878 Converts to Christianity. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

1884-86 Writes The Death of Ivan Ilych. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

1889-99 Writes novel Resurrection. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


1891 Renounces his copyrights and declares he will give all his possessions to his serfs. After his sons and Sofia object he agrees to leave the estate to the family.

1896-1904 Writes short novel Hadji Murad,Photobucket - Video and Image HostingTolstoy's  last work.  


1901 Is excommunicated from The Russian Orthodox Church for writing Resurrection.


1902 Writes a letter to the Tsar warning him of civil war unless the tsar grants Russia its freedom.


1908 Writes a will relinquishing all copyrights.


1910 November 10 Tolstoy dies.




Helena Di Gonzaga
World Author Website Project
Coral Gables Senior High School
12th grade IB