|1828|| 28 August (OS.): born at Yasnaya Polyana, province of Tula,|
fourth son of Count Nikolay Tolstoy. Mother dies 1830;
|1844-7||Studies at University of Kazan (Oriental Languages, then|
Law). Leaves without graduating.
|1851||Goes to Caucasus with elder brother. Participates in army|
raid on local village. Begins to write Childhood (publ. 1852).
|1854||Commissioned. Boyhood.* Active service on Danube; gets|
posting to Sevastopol
|1855||After its fall returns to Petersburg, already famous for his|
first two Sevastopol Sketches. Literary and social life in the
|1856||Leaves army. A Landlord's Morning.|
|1857||Visits Western Europe. August: returns to Yasnaya Polyana.|
|1859||His interest and success in literature wane. Founds on his|
estate a school for peasant children. Three Deaths; Family
|1860-1||Second visit to Western Europe, in order to study educational|
|1861||Serves as Arbiter of the Peace, to negotiate land settlements|
after Emancipation of Serfs.
|1862||Death of two brothers. Marries Sophia Behrs, daughter of a|
Moscow physician. There were to be thirteen children of the
marriage, only eight growing up. Publishes educational
magazine Yasnaya Polyana.
|1863||The Cossacks; Polikushka. Begins War and Peace.|
|1865-6||1805 (first part of War and Peace).|
|1866||Unsuccessfully defends at court martial soldier who had|
|1869||War and Peace completed; final vols. published.|
|1870||Studies drama and Greek.|
|1871-2||Working on Primer for children.|
|1872||A Prisoner in the Caucasus.|
|1873||Goes with family to visit new estate in Samara. Publicizes|
Samara famine. Begins Anna Karenina (completed 1877).
|* Tolstoy's works are dated, unless otherwise indicated, according to the year of publication.|