Tolstoy rates Trollope


Spotted by Andy Todes:

Leo Tolstoy listed the books that were the greatest influences on him, his life and philosophy as he went through life.  It turns out that  he was greatly influenced by Trollope’s novels between the ages of 35 and 50 (roughly 1863 to 1878). During this period Tolstoy wrote both War and Peace and Anna Karenina. This coincided with Trollope’s most successful period both critically and commercially with the last two Barsetshire novels and the first five political/Palliser novels being published during these years as well as The Way We Live Now. Of course, Tolstoy may well have read Trollope’s earlier works too.

Apart from length (I’m thinking The Last Chronicle of Barset here in particular) can you see any other possible influences? Were traits from Lady Glencora or Lizzie Eustace found in Anna Karenina?




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