About the Author
Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) published his first work in 1852, the autobiographical Childhood. He served in the army during the Crimean War and his Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6) are based on his experiences. His two most popular masterpieces are War and Peace (1864-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-8).
"I've read and re-read this novel and every time I find another layer in the story." —Philippa Gregory, author, The Other Boleyn Girl
"Better translators . . . could not be invented." —Tolstoy on Aylmer and Louise Maude