Dear readers, today we are rounding up the top 15 facts from Leo Tolstoy biography that you do not know, and will be quite surprised as you get to unveil some secrets about this ‘greatest authors of all time”. Leo Tolstoy was born in a Russian aristocratic family as Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, and is best known for his exemplary works like Anna Karenina and War and Peace, and a host of other epic works. Known for his interest in spiritualism and Philosophy, Tolstoy was not a hermit though. He had a colorful life filled with numerous women with whom he shared his bed. He had a cult following and many great leaders were inspired by his morals which included Mahatma Gandhi.
1. Leo Tolstoy’s early years were spent with his father’s relations
Taking birth in an aristocratic Russian family on August 28, 1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, Leo was the youngest of the four sons. His father’s distant cousin named Tatyana Ergolsky was given the charge to take care of the four boys once Leo’s mother died when he was two years old. However, this arrangement didn’t last for a long time as Leo’s father passed away in 1837, prompting another aunt called Alexandra Osten-Saken to become their legal guardian. Alexandra was a religiously inspired woman and since Tolstoy spent a few of his early years with her, she motivated him towards spirituality. Alexandra passed away in 1840. Thereafter, the boys were transferred to Kazan to another aunt named Pelageya Yushkov.