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October 23, 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:
  • The first English translation of the prayer, HanotenTeshu'ah, is published in England, 1760; it is contained in the American Jewish liturgy, a Form of Prayer which accompanied Jews to the American colonies
  • St. John's Day, traditional date Cliff Swallows depart mission at San Juan Capistrano, CA for Argentina
  • First modern plastic surgery (nasal reconstruction) is performed by Dr. Joseph Carpue in England, 1814
  • Novelist and reviewer, William Thackeray, writes breathless note to publisher, William Smith Williams, regarding an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) book he received by author "Currer Bell" - aka Charlotte Brontė (correctly fearing that critics might be prejudiced against women writers, all three Brontė sisters used male pseudonyms), 1847. Charlotte Brontė's, Jane Eyre, becomes the publishing sensation of the year
  • Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к), (My Sister, Life, The Second Birth, Doctor Zhivago), 1958
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  • Nicolas Appert (1752-1841), French chef, chemist, "father of canning"
  • Pierre Larousse (1817-1875), French grammarian, encyclopedist and lexicographer
  • Louis Riel (1844-1885), Metis leader, founder of province of Manitoba, hanged for treason
  • George Saintsbury (1845-1933), English critic and literary historian
  • Lawren Stewart Harris (1885-1970), Canadian artist, one of "Group of Seven"
  • Emily Kimbrough (1899-1989), American memoirist and Ladies' Home Journal editor
  • Jonathan Latimer (1906-1983), American mystery writer, noted for his Bill Crane series
  • Philip Lamantia (1927-2005), American surrealist poet
  • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (b.1932), French Nobel Laureate in Physics (liquid crystals and polymers)
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