Full Name: Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Why Famous: A master of realistic fiction and widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time, Tolstoy is best known for two long novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).
- 1862-09-23 Russian novelist and author of "War and Peace" Leo Tolstoy (34) marries Sophia Andreevna Behrs (18) daughter of a physician
- 1867-01-12 Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo" premieres in St Petersburg
- 1884-02-18 Police seize all copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In"
- "A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction."