Excerpt from Anna Karenin, Vol. 1
Polyana, near Toula, a hundred miles due south of Moscow, on September 9, 1828. His father, Count Nicholas Tolstoy, died when Leo was less than ten; his mother, six years earlier.
After the death Of his parents, he was taken care Of by his aunts: and at fifteen he entered the University of Kazan. Though he took part in the social pleasures of the town, Tolstoy's years at the university were neither satisfactory nor very profitable, and before he was nine teen he gave up his studies and returned to the family estates.
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