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October 20, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Leo Tolstoy Home

Leo Tolstoy Home Yasnaya Polyana (Bright Glade) is the birthplace, home, and final resting place of Russian author Leo Tolstoy. Here he wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina and here his thirteen children were all born on the same leather couch where Tolstoy himself was born. It was kept in his study next to his writing desk and is still there today. In 1921 the estate became his memorial museum first run by his daughter Alexandra Tolstaya. The author's great-great grandson Vladimir Tolstoy is the current director. The museum contains Tolstoy's personal effects, furniture and his library of 22,000 volumes. The school he founded for peasant children is on the grounds.

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On This Day:
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  • First edition of the London Sunday Times is issued, 1822
  • Frank O’Connor opens his first Laura Secord candy shop at 354 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, 1913; in just 13 years, Laura Secord grew into a 57-store chain
  • Pope Pius XII publishes his first encyclical, Summi pontificatus (On the Unity of Human Society), 1939
  • Bob Guccione, the founder and publisher of the adult magazine, Penthouse, dies at 79 in 2010
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  • Christopher Wren (1632-1723), British astronomer and architect (St Paul's Cathedral)
  • Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet and adventurer (Le bãteau ivre; The Drunken Boat; Une saison en enfer - A Season in Hell)
  • Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (1858-1940), Swedish, Nobel Laureate in Literature, Adventures of Nils
  • Bela Lugosi (1882-1956), Hungarian actor known best for his role as Count Dracula
  • Nellie McClung (1873-1951), Canadian suffragist, legislator, and author (Purple Springs; Sowing the Seeds in Danny)
  • James Chadwick (1891-1974), British Nobel Laureate in Physics for discovery of neutron
  • Elfriede Jelinek (b. 1946), Austrian novelist, poet and playwright, and recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in literature (Die Liebhaberinnen - Women As Lovers; Die Ausgesperrten - Wonderful, Wonderful Times; Die Klavierspielerin - The Piano Teacher)
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