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October 22, 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.

For more information click here: Tolstoy Museum, or click here for books by Leo Tolstoy and here for Russian Literature.

On This Day:
  • Jean Grolier de Servières, viscount d'Aguisy, French bibliophile who had one of the finest libraries of his time (American publisher Grolier is named after him), dies on this day, 1565
  • Oliver Goldsmith publishes Stanzas on the Taking of Quebec, 1759
  • Jean-Paul Sartre refuses the Nobel Prize for Literature, stating that "A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution", 1964
  • First edition of Gutenberg Bible garners $US 5.39 million at auction in New York on this day, 1987
  • Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity" awarded to Russian-American, Joseph Brodsky (Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский), "a Russian poet and English essayist", 1987
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Hungarian pianist and composer
  • Ivan Bunin (1870-1953), Russian poet, short story writer, novelist (Derevnia - The Village; Sukhodol - Dry Valley), and recipient of the 1933 Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Camille Roy (1870-1943), Canadian priest, literary critic, expert on French-Canadian literature and compiler of (Manuel d'histoire de la littérature canadienne-française)
  • Louis Riel (1844-1885), Métis leader, founder of Manitoba, Canada and central figure in the North West Rebellion
  • John Reed (1887-1951), American journalist and poet-adventurer (Ten Days That Shook the World)
  • George Wells Beadle (1903-1989), American Nobel Laureate in Medicine
  • Doris (May) Lessing (b. 1919, Persia), British short story writer and novelist (Before the Deluge; Mr. Dollinger; Under My Skin)
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