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October 19, 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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