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An incredible biography of a very complicated, brilliant man, It looks like this writer spent many years working on this to get the whole picture. He writes somewhat like Tolstoy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Dali
Troyat maintains a certain emotional distance most of the time, which is best considering the contradictory subject. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Ryan P. Sullivan
I found an old Doubleday edition at one of the local thrift stores, and purchased it for fifty cents. It was a wonderful discovery. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Michael R. Perkins
I agree with the other reviewers, at times this biography reads like a Tolstoy novel itself. This book brings the Russian writer to life better than anything else out there and is... Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by J. Smallridge
If you want "detail" about Tolstoy... this is the book. It is well written and chock full of detail. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by MTK
(Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967)
(New York: Crown, 1980; paperback) 762 pages
A biography of Leo... Read more
Troyat is thorough and comprehensive in telling Tolstoy's story from childhood through youth and into the great creative mature years and the decline and old age. Read morePublished on December 5, 2004 by Shalom Freedman
an excellent informative book about tolstoy
most fascinating is his relationship described with Turgenev, doestevosky and later chekov. Read more