Just Found Out: Tolstoy’s 186th Birthday

"Immortal Lines" (theguardian.com)

“Immortal Lines” (theguardian.com)

Leo Tolstoy, the master of Russian literature, was born September 9th, 1828, which would have made him 186 today. Google honored him with a beautiful doodle (some of the slideshow images found here).

War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilyich; pick up one of these tomes if you wanna show the guy some love on his b-day.

Favorite bit of trivia: Tolstoy learned to ride a bike at age 67; he was grieving the loss of his 7-year-old son, Vanichka, and he was given a free bike by the Moscow Society of Velocipede-Lovers (NOT to be confused with Velociraptor-Lovers) to take his mind of things (read about it here).

Least favorite bit of trivia: Tolstoy hated Shakespeare’s King Lear, and Shakespeare in general. Which, as I have said before, would put him the category of people who say that “Shakespeare sucks,” AKA people who are tools (e.g. Ira Glass), if not for Tolstoy’s incredible contribution to literature. I think that saves him from certain condemnation.



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