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Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer whose most famous books, “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina,” are two of the greatest novels ever written. Many critics believe that “War and Peace” is the single greatest novel ever written. Tolstoy lived from 1828-1910 and his work represents the pinnacle of realist fiction. Along with Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy is considered a literary genius and represents the best of Russian and world literature.