A Tribute to The Russian Realist Author and Leading Figure of World Literature
Issued every year since 1992 in a strictly limited edition, the Montblanc Writers Edition pays tribute to the greatest icons of literary history. Leo Tolstoy, the Russian master of realist fiction and author of epic works such as “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”, is the latest figure of world literature to be honored with a limited edition inspired by his life and cultural legacy.
In addition to penning some of the world’s most important novels, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) spent much of his life striving for moral perfection and searching for the true meaning of life. It was Leo Tolstoy’s accurate depiction of human sensibilities and his vivid expressiveness that led to his meteoric rise to fame, becoming the most prominent figure in Russian realist storytelling. Over time, the great author increasingly developed into a Christian thinker and engaged in a non-violent struggle against the capitalization of society, the inequality of serfdom and the dominance of church and state, leading to his religious and socio-critical writings being subjected to tsarist censorship.
In addition to his literary legacy, Tolstoy promoted the idea of education for all by establishing numerous schools to improve the education of the rural population, and published a monthly journal in which he disseminated his ideas about free education.