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Neill 's Summerhill School , the school at Yasnaya Polyana  can justifiably be claimed the first example of a coherent theory of democratic education. The death of his brother Nikolay in had an impact on Tolstoy, and led him to a desire to marry. She was called Sonya, the Russian diminutive of Sofia, by her family and friends. The marriage was marked from the outset by sexual passion and emotional insensitivity when Tolstoy, on the eve of their marriage, gave her his diaries detailing his extensive sexual past and the fact that one of the serfs on his estate had borne him a son.
Tolstoy also tried himself in poetry with several soldier songs written during his military service and fairy tales in verse such as Volga-bogatyr and Oaf stylized as national folk songs. They included entire families that had fallen on hard times, women and their children seeking escape from domestic violence, migrant workers and, in some cases, refugees from undeveloped countries. The attack on China in the Boxer Rebellion was railed against by Tolstoy. Joseph, Meditations on Gandhi: In the s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession
Sonya was copying and handwriting his epic works time after time. Tolstoy would continue editing War and Peace and had to have clean final drafts to be delivered to the publisher. However, their later life together has been described by A. Wilson as one of the unhappiest in literary history. Tolstoy's relationship with his wife deteriorated as his beliefs became increasingly radical. This saw him seeking to reject his inherited and earned wealth, including the renunciation of the copyrights on his earlier works. Some of the members of the Tolstoy family left Russia in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the Soviet Union , and many of Leo Tolstoy's relatives and descendants today live in Sweden , Germany , the United Kingdom , France and the United States.
Among them are Swedish jazz singer Viktoria Tolstoy and the Swedish landowner Christopher Paus, whose family owns the major estate Herresta outside Stockholm. One of his great-great-grandsons, Vladimir Tolstoy born , is a director of the Yasnaya Polyana museum since and an adviser to the President of Russia on cultural affairs since Tolstoy's earliest works, the autobiographical novels Childhood , Boyhood , and Youth — , tell of a rich landowner's son and his slow realization of the chasm between himself and his peasants.
Though he later rejected them as sentimental, a great deal of Tolstoy's own life is revealed. They retain their relevance as accounts of the universal story of growing up. Tolstoy served as a second lieutenant in an artillery regiment during the Crimean War , recounted in his Sevastopol Sketches. His experiences in battle helped stir his subsequent pacifism and gave him material for realistic depiction of the horrors of war in his later work. His fiction consistently attempts to convey realistically the Russian society in which he lived. Anna Karenina tells parallel stories of an adulterous woman trapped by the conventions and falsities of society and of a philosophical landowner much like Tolstoy , who works alongside the peasants in the fields and seeks to reform their lives.
Tolstoy not only drew from his own life experiences but also created characters in his own image, such as Pierre Bezukhov and Prince Andrei in War and Peace , Levin in Anna Karenina and to some extent, Prince Nekhlyudov in Resurrection.
War and Peace is generally thought to be one of the greatest novels ever written, remarkable for its dramatic breadth and unity. Its vast canvas includes characters, many historical with others fictional. The story moves from family life to the headquarters of Napoleon , from the court of Alexander I of Russia to the battlefields of Austerlitz and Borodino. Tolstoy's original idea for the novel was to investigate the causes of the Decembrist revolt , to which it refers only in the last chapters, from which can be deduced that Andrei Bolkonsky 's son will become one of the Decembrists.
The novel explores Tolstoy's theory of history, and in particular the insignificance of individuals such as Napoleon and Alexander.
Somewhat surprisingly, Tolstoy did not consider War and Peace to be a novel nor did he consider many of the great Russian fictions written at that time to be novels. This view becomes less surprising if one considers that Tolstoy was a novelist of the realist school who considered the novel to be a framework for the examination of social and political issues in nineteenth-century life. Tolstoy thought that Anna Karenina was his first true novel. In his novel Resurrection , Tolstoy attempts to expose the injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of institutionalized church.
Tolstoy also explores and explains the economic philosophy of Georgism , of which he had become a very strong advocate towards the end of his life. Tolstoy also tried himself in poetry with several soldier songs written during his military service and fairy tales in verse such as Volga-bogatyr and Oaf stylized as national folk songs. They were written between and for his Russian Book for Reading , a collection of short stories in four volumes total of stories in various genres published along with the New Azbuka textbook and addressed to schoolchildren.
Nevertheless, he was skeptical about poetry as a genre. As he famously said, "Writing poetry is like ploughing and dancing at the same time". According to Valentin Bulgakov , he criticised poets, including Alexander Pushkin , for their "false" epithets used "simply to make it rhyme". Tolstoy's contemporaries paid him lofty tributes.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky , who died thirty years before Tolstoy's death, thought him the greatest of all living novelists. Gustave Flaubert , on reading a translation of War and Peace , exclaimed, "What an artist and what a psychologist! What he does serves to justify all the hopes and aspirations invested in literature.
Later novelists continued to appreciate Tolstoy's art, but sometimes also expressed criticism. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote "I am attracted by his earnestness and by his power of detail, but I am repelled by his looseness of construction and by his unreasonable and impracticable mysticism. After reading Schopenhauer 's The World as Will and Representation , Tolstoy gradually became converted to the ascetic morality upheld in that work as the proper spiritual path for the upper classes: Constant raptures over Schopenhauer and a whole series of spiritual delights which I've never experienced before.
It explained how the nothingness that results from complete denial of self is only a relative nothingness, and is not to be feared. The novelist was struck by the description of Christian, Buddhist , and Hindu ascetic renunciation as being the path to holiness.
After reading passages such as the following, which abound in Schopenhauer's ethical chapters, the Russian nobleman chose poverty and formal denial of the will:. But this very necessity of involuntary suffering by poor people for eternal salvation is also expressed by that utterance of the Savior Matthew Thus Buddha Sakyamuni was born a prince, but voluntarily took to the mendicant's staff; and Francis of Assisi , the founder of the mendicant orders who, as a youngster at a ball, where the daughters of all the notabilities were sitting together, was asked: In , Tolstoy wrote a book called What I Believe , in which he openly confessed his Christian beliefs.
He affirmed his belief in Jesus Christ 's teachings and was particularly influenced by the Sermon on the Mount , and the injunction to turn the other cheek , which he understood as a "commandment of non-resistance to evil by force" and a doctrine of pacifism and nonviolence. In his work The Kingdom of God Is Within You , he explains that he considered mistaken the Church's doctrine because they had made a "perversion" of Christ's teachings.
Tolstoy believed being a Christian required him to be a pacifist; the consequences of being a pacifist, and the apparently inevitable waging of war by government, are the reason why he is considered a philosophical anarchist. Later, various versions of "Tolstoy's Bible" would be published, indicating the passages Tolstoy most relied on, specifically, the reported words of Jesus himself.
Tolstoy believed that a true Christian could find lasting happiness by striving for inner self-perfection through following the Great Commandment of loving one's neighbor and God rather than looking outward to the Church or state for guidance. His belief in nonresistance when faced by conflict is another distinct attribute of his philosophy based on Christ's teachings. By directly influencing Mahatma Gandhi with this idea through his work The Kingdom of God Is Within You full text of English translation available on Wikisource , Tolstoy's profound influence on the nonviolent resistance movement reverberates to this day.
He believed that the aristocracy were a burden on the poor, and that the only solution to how we live together is through anarchism. He also opposed private property in land ownership  and the institution of marriage and valued the ideals of chastity and sexual abstinence discussed in Father Sergius and his preface to The Kreutzer Sonata , ideals also held by the young Gandhi. Tolstoy's later work derives a passion and verve from the depth of his austere moral views. Gorky relates how Tolstoy once read this passage before himself and Chekhov and that Tolstoy was moved to tears by the end of the reading.
Other later passages of rare power include the personal crises that were faced by the protagonists of The Death of Ivan Ilyich , and of Master and Man , where the main character in the former or the reader in the latter are made aware of the foolishness of the protagonists' lives. Tolstoy had a profound influence on the development of Christian anarchist thought.
Without naming himself an anarchist, Leo Tolstoy, like his predecessors in the popular religious movements of the 15th and 16th centuries, Chojecki , Denk and many others, took the anarchist position as regards the state and property rights , deducing his conclusions from the general spirit of the teachings of Jesus and from the necessary dictates of reason.
With all the might of his talent, Tolstoy made especially in The Kingdom of God Is Within You a powerful criticism of the church, the state and law altogether, and especially of the present property laws. He describes the state as the domination of the wicked ones, supported by brutal force. Robbers, he says, are far less dangerous than a well-organized government. He makes a searching criticism of the prejudices which are current now concerning the benefits conferred upon men by the church, the state, and the existing distribution of property, and from the teachings of Jesus he deduces the rule of non-resistance and the absolute condemnation of all wars.