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or Tol·stoi  (tōl′stoi, tŏl′-, təl-stoi′), Count Leo or Lev Nikolayevich 1828-1910.
Russian writer whose great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877) offer extraordinary detail and profound psychological insights. His later theories of ethics and morality recommended nonparticipation in and passive resistance to evil.

Tol·stoy′an adj. & n.
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His "sprawling and sometimes tedious" series (Christian Science Monitor) is Homeric or Tolstoyan in scope, while the violent tenor of this latest novel calls to mind Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian.
James Webb is the best politician-novelist since Brand Whitlock, the early 20th-century Ohio realist, mayor of Toledo, and protege of the sainted Tolstoyan Samuel "Golden Rule" Jones.
It is widely recognized as a blueprint for the feature-length movie and as a showcase for Griffith's Tolstoyan command of historical narrative, from the battlefield to the front porch.
Hindu as well as other elements (for example, Sikh) were added to a blend of Tolstoyan and Quaker Christianity.
In reaction to such assertions, which were often little more than that and remained unsupported, modern critics have had little difficulty in sweeping them aside, arguing instead that The Death of Ivan Ilych is simply an expression of Tolstoy's heterodox views, sometimes explicitly adding the proviso that his novella should be read "in Tolstoyan terms," thus precluding any possibility of a reading in terms of a more orthodox, traditional Christianity.
On 14 November, Nikolay Kolev, a Bulgarian poet with a Tolstoyan beard, wrote to his country's six leading institutions with his plans to throw a tomato at each.
Despite a procession of amendments in recent years, the Oregon Constitution is hardly Tolstoyan in length.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born on 11 December 1918 in Kislovodsk, southern Russia, the son of a man who had once been a Tolstoyan pacifist but later became a loyal officer in the Tsarist army, surviving prolonged frontline action only to die in a shooting accident six months before Solzhenitsyn was born, and leaving behind a young wife who never remarried, bringing up her son alone.
Yet the proportions of this novel are anything but Tolstoyan.
Some of these are controversial figures, including Rolf Gardiner - Tolstoyan idealist or fascist sympathizer?
The kibbutzim and moshavim, communal and cooperative villages, as well as the "pioneer" youth movements, which were the foundation of the whole enterprise, were mostly Tolstoyan socialist, some of them even Marxist.
It became a Tolstoyan epic that said more about a fear of giving into the dying of the light than it did about hitting a ball over a net.