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October 25, 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:
  • Giavanni Cassini discovers Saturn's moon, Lapetus, (known for its perpetually light and dark faces),1671
  • Atomic bomb victim Sadako Sasaki, focus of the story of One Thousand Paper Cranes, dies of leukemia, 1955
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is jailed in Georgia, denied bail and sentenced to four months hard labor for old unpaid traffic tickets, 1960
  • Actor Frank Puglia (Black Orchid, The Jungle Book), dies at 83, 1975
  • American author, John Steinbeck (Tortilla Flat-1935, Of Mice and Men-1937, The Grapes of Wrath-1939), is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception", 1962
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  • [Henri] Benjamin Constant [de Rebecque] (1767-1830), Swiss-born French writer and statesman, whose Adolphe (1815) was important in the development of the psychological novel
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), English poet and historian
  • Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899), Austrian composer, known as "The Waltz King"
  • John Heisman (1869-1936), pioneering American football coach, trophy namesake
  • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter and sculptor, founder of the Cubist School
  • Nell Shipman (1892-1970), Canadian actress and director, silent films pioneer, one of the first women ever to direct her own films and establish her own production company
  • Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998), American historian and constitutional scholar
  • John Berryman (1914-1972), American poet
  • Tommy Prince (1915-1977), aboriginal Canadian, one of the most decorated soldiers of WW2, "Chief" of "Devil's Brigade", 1st Special Service Force (1st SSF)
  • Harold Brodkey (1930-1996), American novelist
  • Anne Tyler (b. 1941), American short-story writer and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist
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