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"He was the fourth of five children of Countess Mariya Tolstaya, née Raevskaya. Tolstoy's parents died when he was young, so he and his siblings were brought up by relatives" Mariya Volkonskaya died August 10, 1863. Tolstoy would of been 34 years old.  Never mind. The Mariya Volkonskaya page has removed the info about Tolstoy.
Awards and Recognition - there is a major street named after him
Shouldnt there be an awards and recognition section? One of the most expensive roads in South Asia is named after him. Tolstoy Rd.
The introduction is unbalanced, overemphasizing Tolstoy's nonfiction/philosophical works, at the expense of his fiction
Tolstoy is primarily known as an author of fiction, widely considered one of the greatest novelists who has ever lived. The introduction to this article gives little impression of this fact; it instead emphasizes his nonfiction and philosophical works. While these later works are essential to his career and were widely influential, particularly to Christian anarchism, they are not as essential to Tolstoy's renown as his fiction. On JSTOR, for example, 94 of the first 100 articles that come up in a search for Tolstoy are about his fiction.
Therefore, the introduction ought to include a paragraph like this one, between the two paragraphs that currently make up the introduction:
"Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists. He is best known for two long novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Tolstoy first achieved literary acclaim in his 20s for his Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based on his experiences in the Crimean War, followed by the publication of a semi-autobiographical trilogy of novels, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1855-1858). His fiction output also includes two additional novels, dozens of short stories, and several famous novellas, including The Death of Ivan Ilych, Family Happiness, and Hadji Murad." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 00:41, 27 June 2013 (UTC)
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Under Section 3, "Novels and fictional works", the first sentence of the last paragraph cites Tolstoy's novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich. It would be beneficial to link this novel name to the novel's Wikipedia page found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Ivan_Ilyich.
Not done: The novel is already linked in both the first and second paragraphs of the same section. No additional links to the same term are needed. Dana boomer (talk) 18:47, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
Biased source misrepresented as reliable about Tolstoy's funeral
The observation that the thousands of peasants outside Tolstoy's funeral were unaware of which particular nobleman had died is given by his wife, whom Tolstoy left 4 days previously for her stance against some of his ideas, and for her jealousy towards the attention he had been receiving. As such, if the quote must remain, I heavily suggest alerting the reader immediately in the body of the article that the source has high potential for being biased.
I only clicked on the source because I happen to have some previous recollection of the details of Tolstoy's funeral, and so I don't want people to be misled. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fghawi (talk • contribs) 06:24, 25 January 2014 (UTC)