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October 26, 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:
  • Sir Thomas More is appointed English Lord Chancellor, 1529
  • Hans Christian Andersen, age 17, enrolls in grammar school, towering over his 11-year-old classmates, 1822
  • Mark Twain delivers a speech in Hartford, Connecticut: "I don't mind what the opposition say of me, so long as they don't tell the truth." 1880
  • Henry James writes first letter to Edith Wharton, who becomes his friend and protégé, 1900
  • The Village Voice, backed in part by novelist, socialist Norman Mailer, is first published, 1955
  • Gary Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury debuts in 28 U.S. newspapers, 1970
  • UN World Charter for Nature adopted, 1982
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  • Georges Jacques Danton (1759-1794) , French Revolutionary leader, guillotined for his opposition to Reign of Terror excesses
  • Konstantin Andreyevich Thon (1794-1881), Russian architect
  • Vincent Starrett (1886-1974), Toronto-born Chicagoan book collector, author, bibliographer, Sherlock Holmes scholar
  • Karin Maria Boye (1900-1941), Swedish poet, novelist, short-story writer
  • Beryl Markham (1902-1986), English pioneer aviator, author
  • Mahalia Jackson (1912-1972), American gospel singer
  • Robert William "Bob" Hoskins (b. 1942), British actor
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