|Published||Oct 24th 1901|
|Dimensions||Image 333 x 201 mm, Sheet 387 x 258 mm|
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) was a Russian writer who famously wrote the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists.
Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.
His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.