Leo Tolstoy is widely considered one of, if not the, best novelists of all time. He serves as an inspiration to nonviolent peacemakers like Gahndi and Martin Luther King Jr, and his War and Peace book is widely considered one of the best books of all time.
By the way, that picture is one of the first color photographs, taken in 1908.
Last edited by MasterDurant24 : 09-29-2010 at 11:41 PM.
disappointed in the lack of description in the choices, fellows. sure, "what hasn't been said", but i had planned on discussing that i've read, that i've not, style, tone, all that stuff.
i recently read a great article on tolstoy, his estate, his pacifistic tendencies (which i'm not a fan of personally), and connection with gandhi, and his family.
by peter t. white. national geographic vol. 169, no. 6. june 1986.
i couldn't find a link on the web, but i figure it would be pretty easy to find for any academic search engine for those still at college/university. it's a great article. i was lucky to stumble upon a stack of old magazines.
despite white text on tolstoy, i agree with the non-hidden sentiment. i think there were better or equal russian writers, who might be taken much later or even not at all. BUT popularity counts i guess, which is fair, and he is #1 in russian minds.
i'm interested to see who the first 'non-classic literature' choice will be (not that you will make it, but in general)
yeah, im gonna play it safe in this round, but I may pick further down the list than people expect. For me, I dont really look at this as a competition, but a way to discuss our favorite writers and learn about other authors. I also want to cover the breadth of my literary interests.
Well, although Im leaning towards a top dog type, I am going to pick Marcel Proust as my first rounder.
While his dense "remembrance of things past" can bog you down at times with its slow pace and storyline, the descriptive prose of this was ground-breaking and has never been matched. Other authors may be his equal in story-telling, but his evocation of the senses through his pen is unparalleled.
Ill add some more when I have more time, but I wanted you bums to move on.