Leo Tolstoy brief biography
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Russian author. Considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time, Tolstoy experienced a profound spiritual awakening after a deep, personal crisis. Tolstoy's philosophies on nonviolent resistance had a strong influence on Mahatma Gandhi and later Martin Luther King, Jr. Tolstoy and Gandhi shared some interesting correspondence toward the twilight of Tolstoy's life. Gandhi's respect for the Russian proponent of nonviolence and democratic education is evident in the name chosen for Gandhi's first ashram and experiment in education—Tolstoy Farm.