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Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy’s mother died when he was two years old. Tolstoy was born on august 28, 1828 to Countess Mariya Tolstaya and Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana (his family’s estate) in the Tula Province of Russia. At the time he was the youngest of four sons but one of five to left by the count and countess. When his mother died, Leo Tolstoy’s father put the children in the care of his cousin Tatyana Ergolsky. Nine years later Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy would also pass, making Alexandra Osten-Saken (Leo’s aunt) their legal guardian (Christian, R. F., 1969). Their aunt took care of them for three years before she as well passed, though her time with the young Leo Tolstoy was short, it was a very impactful time for Tolstoy’s religious influence. Leo Tolstoy, although considered by many to be brilliant, he was not very fond of his education. He was home schooled for most of his childhood by his relatives and paid tutors. Eventually, Leo and his older brothers went to study at the University of Kazan in Tatarstan Russia. He studied oriental languages before switching to law but ultimately just dropped out due to his excess partying and lack of desire to impress his teachers. He would often set goals to teach himself things throughout periods of time but would ultimately fail in light of all of his visits to friends of his in Moscow. Eventually Tolstoy developed a keen ability to think and philosophize about life, leading him to become the writer and intellectual famously known as Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy had a huge gambling problem. Leo Tolstoy was a man of many problems, and of these problems the most self-destructive one he had was gambling. Throughout much of his early life Leo loved to drink and gamble, the two kind of came together like bread and butter for him. He eventually played so much and gathered such a mass amounts of debt; it led Leo to have...