Week one of notes-Dostoevsky and Tolstoy
Week one of notes-Dostoevsky and Tolstoy LIT 226
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LIT 226Russian LiteratureDostoevsky and Tolstoy Great Russia WritersLeo Tolstoy Born on the 9th of September 1828 Born into wealth and privilege and tortured by it for all of his life Tolstoy had a deep connection to his childhood home in Russia a connection that in uenced most of his adult life Spent most of his life searching for the complete all embracing happiness he remembered from his childhood 1837 Tolstoy s family moved to Moscow 1841 His father died and Tolstoy began to attend university in Moscow with his older brothers He studied diplomacy switched to law and then dropped out Not for lack of intelligence Spoke and wrote 5 languages Tolstoy then spent several years in the Moscow social circle becoming bored 1854 He served in the army for 2 years and fought in the Crimean war Tolstoy felt that his time in the army was very helpful to him During his years in the army he wrote m Lacks While he was stationed in Sevastopol he wrote 5 short stories After the war Tolstoy returned to St Petersburg where he met a number of other talented writers Though he never met Dostoevsky 1862He married Sofya Andreyevna Bers the youngest daughter of a doctor friend of Tolstoy s She was 16 and he 34 After his marriage Tolstoy returned to his childhood home Yasnaya Polyana where he lived for the next 20 years During this period he wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina 1881His children grown up and one of his sons in university Tolstoy moved back to Moscow Tolstoy chose to renounce his upperclass privileges at this time and lived in the factory district of Moscow for the next 18 years There he was amazed at the abject poverty he saw and became acutely aware of the upperclasslowerclass division In his later years Tolstoy had a religious conversion In this period of his life he wrote Resurrection and a number of other short and religious stories He became very upset with upperclass obliviousness and had many arguments with his wife He began 736 food centers around Russia The Russian Orthodox Church excommunicated him 1901 Tolstoy left Moscow and never lived there again 1905 The revolution began and Tolstoy was very much involved what was happening becoming an unofficial spokesman for the agricultural community 1909 Tolstoy s last visit to Moscow 1910 On the 9th of November Tolstoy got on a train telling none of his family about his plans to live the rest of his life as simply as possible but he fell ill on the train 1910 On the 20th of November at 83 years of age Leo Tolstoy died of pneumonia He was buried at Yasnaya Polyana