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Famous People In Literature

Leo Tolstoy (#110)

Tolstoy was a complicated man. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest Russian writers for his most celebrated novels—War and Peace and Anna Karenina. But he was also a leading religious thinker. He was a nobleman by birth but ultimately eschewed conveniences and lived the life of the common people in a peasant’s hut. [7 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Their titles include novelist, playwright, poet and essayist. But they are also known as social activist, pacifist, reformer, human rights activist and humorist. Famous People in Literature examines literary giants who left a legacy of works that remain required reading in the classroom. Their writings were often a vivid depiction of everyday life and attitudes of the era. Each program in the series explores the most historic developments, significant contributions, important benchmarks and major turning points during these incredible lives.

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