Of this "major new biography," PW commented: "Without debunking, Wilson never lets his titanic subject off the hook; the result is the most human portrait of Tolstoy to date. This biography is a magnificent achievement, a work of seamless scholarship. It is also a pleasure to read." Photos.
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Admirable. . . . Absorbing. . . . Superb. -- Anthony Burgess
Must surely rank among the most impressively intelligent biographies ever written. -- Zena Sutherland, The Economist
Stands as a model of the biographer's art: intelligent and opinionated, yet judicious--and, what's more, deliciously readable. -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
As I begin, it is worth noting that death is all of the horrible things we deal with in our nightmares and daily thoughts and ongoing fears, but the death scene of Tolstoy,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cabin Dweller
Having read tow of Tolstoy's major works, War and Peace, and Anna Karenina, this biography gave an insight into the man, and the issues he struggled with all his life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Walsh
The only Tolstoy I’ve read is what has been excerpted in this book … so I am at a huge disadvantage to the author, A.N. Wilson. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mark jabbour
Tolstoy has had many excellent biographers, starting with Almyer Maude, and even a writer of lightweight literary biographies like Henri Troyat had done justice to a fascinating... Read morePublished 18 months ago by reading man
I bought it because of A N Wilson the author. Former prof of English at Oxford. His sentences are beautiful and his organization of voluminous material is so very palatable. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Richard
I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. First, because it situates Tolstoy against the extraordinary events that were occurring in Russia during his lifetime, and of how he... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by John Mccarthy
A.N. Wilson's "Tolstoy: A Biography" is a crystalline depiction of one of the world's greatest novelists, yet most cruel men. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Amaranth
Have been researching Molokans in Russia. The fascinating story of this eccentric and talented man included many tidbits applicable to our family history in Samara as well as... Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by T. Isaeff