Leo Nikolaivich Tolstoy

Russian Author

Tolstoy read everything that came into his hands, and took notes on a wide variety of subjects. Ever precise, he drew up a list of his literary discoveries over the years, marking opposite each the degree of admiration it had aroused in him:

Tolstoy's walls were decorated with stag-antlers brought back from the Caucasus, and the antlers of a stuffed reindeer-head served as his clothes hooks. Beside them hung portraits of Dickens, Schopenhauer, and Fet.

See Tolstoy: A Biographyby Henry Troyat