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October 1, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Leo Tolstoy Home

TheMount 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:
  • The first issue of The News of the World, a popular British tabloid newspaper, was published by John Browne Bell in London, 1843
  • Vol. I, No. 1 of National Geographic magazine is published (featuring Introductory Address; Classification of Geographic Forms by Genesis; Geographic Methods in Geologic Investigation; Great Storm of March 11-14, 1888; Survey and Map of Massachusetts; Survey of the Coast), 1888. Its average selling price today is over $7,000.00.
  • The liberal daily newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad (General Trade Journal), begins publishing in Amsterdam, 1830
  • The first twelve 'Little Golden Books' are published, (Three Little Kittens; Bedtime Stories; Mother Goose; Prayers for Children; The Little Red Hen; Nursery Songs; The Alphabet from A to Z; The Poky Little Puppy; The Golden Book of Fairy Tales; Baby's Book of Objects; The Animals of Farmer Jones; This Little Piggy and Other Counting Rhymes), 1942
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933), prominent British theosophist, activist, women's rights advocate, speaker and writer
  • Jimmy Carter, Jr. (b. 1924), 39th President of the United States and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Finn Carling (b. 1925), Norwegian poet, playwright critic and novelist (Dagbok til en død - Diary for a Dead Husband; Kilden og muren - And Yet We Are Human)
  • Aaron Ciechanover (b. 1947, Israel), 2004 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (protein degradation)
  • Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949), American portrait photographer (her books of photographs include Photographs, Photographs 1970-1990, American Olympians, Women, and American Music)
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