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Author Study: Leo Tolstoy Curated by Grace Xu '19

"Lev Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana," Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, 1908

(first color photo portrait in Russia)

"Leo Tolstoy," Pavel Biryukov, 1848

"Leo Tolstoy and His Wife Sofia Tolstaya," Cassell and Co., 1910

(six weeks before Tolstoy's death)

"Author Leo Tolstoy in a Peasant's Garb," 1900 (Getty Images)

Leo Tolstoy (


Leo Tolstoy


“A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.”