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Tolstoy by L. Winstanley is a comprehensive and insightful biography of one of the greatest Russian writers of all time. The author delves deep into Tolstoy's life, examining his childhood, his early career as a soldier, and his later years as a renowned novelist. Winstanley provides a detailed analysis of Tolstoy's major works, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina, shedding light on the themes and characters that continue to captivate readers to this day.

What sets this biography apart is Winstanley's meticulous research and attention to detail. The author draws on a wealth of primary sources, including Tolstoy's personal letters and diaries, as well as interviews with scholars and experts. This allows Winstanley to paint a vivid and nuanced portrait of Tolstoy, revealing the complexities of his personality and the contradictions within his beliefs.

Throughout the book, Winstanley analyzes Tolstoy's philosophical and religious views, showing how they evolved over time and influenced his writing. The author also explores Tolstoy's relationships with his family, his friends, and his contemporaries, highlighting the profound impact they had on his life and work.

Overall, Tolstoy by L. Winstanley is a must-read for anyone interested in the life and legacy of Leo Tolstoy. Winstanley's engaging writing style, coupled with his deep knowledge of Russian literature, make this biography a compelling and illuminating read. Whether you are a long-time fan of Tolstoy or a newcomer to his work, this book provides a rich and insightful exploration of one of the most influential writers in history.

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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is universally regarded as one of the greatest authors in history. This brief biography discusses, among other things, Tolstoy's childhood, married life, contemporaries, travels, and his strongly held opinions concerning religion and class privilege. Individual chapters are devoted to War and Peace and Anna Karenina. The former, with its vivid character portrayals and great historical, political, and military insight, is considered by many to be the world's greatest novel. Another chapter is devoted to Tolstoy's other notable works, and the book concludes with a consideration of his lasting influence.

The book, published in 1914, contains a bibliography listing works about and by Tolstoy. L. Winstanley was a lecturer in English at the University College at Wales. --Adapted by Lee Smalley

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