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On September 9, 1828 Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy was born at his family’s estate,Near Tula, Russia. His childhood was somewhat normal, for someone of the upper class,except for the constant repetition of death in his life. The first came at age two with thedeath of his mother.With the death of his Father and Grandmother Tolstoy and hissiblings were orphans. Tolstoy moved with his aunt to Kazan and for the next four yearsdid very little with his life.For sometime he studied law at the University of Kazan, butleft without a degree and returned to his estate. Leo wrote his first book while serving inthe army from 1851-55.After leaving the military Tolstoy shuttled between st.Petersburg and the family estate. His diary tells us that during this time he was veryunhappy. He finally marries in 1862, but has an unhappy marriage. About that time hewrote War and peace (1869)-a prose epic on Napoleaon’s 1812 invasion of Russia – andAnna Karenina (1877), a novel about a woman tragically destroyed by her faith inromantic love.Reexamination of his life, leo began a conversion to the Christian doctrine of loveand to a doctrine of nonresistance to evil. He then left his family, in an attempt to live asimple and saintly life, with the intent to join a monastery.Before he could begin hisjourney he died in the train waiting station. Some say that is last words were: “I love truth. . . very much. . . . I love truth.” Others say it was: “I wonder how a peasant would die”.