The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Государственный мемориальный и природный заповедник «Музей-усадьба Л.Н. Толстого «Ясная Поляна»

46 books and periodicals used by Tolstoy during his work on «War and Peace» (which took him 7 years) can be found in his personal library at Yasnaya Polyana.

The work on the novel demanded great historical accuracy; Tolstoy tried to grasp the very spirit, «the sound and smell» of the epoch of  Napoleonic Wars, he studied and analyzed numerous documents, maps, book, magazines, manuscripts, letters, diaries, and talked to people who took part in the Battle of Borodino.

Tolstoy had an amazing ability to grasp and to express the message of a book or main ideas of each author. Juxtaposition of the notes in his drafts and those in the books kept in is library allows us to clearly recognize the books that served him as a source of facts both for descriptions of historic events and for characterization of people of that time and their interests. In his article «Some Words About the Novel War and Peace», Tolstoy wrote that «whenever historic figures speak or act in my novel, I never thought up anything, but used various books that gradually formed a whole library»; he also mentioned a few books and authors, among them Mikhailovsky-Danilevsky, Thiers, Bogdanovich, and Davydov (Tolstoy wrote about him that he was «the first to strike the keynote of truth»). 

[Зотов Р. М.]
Леонид, или некоторые черты из жизни Наполеона [Текст]. Ч. 1-2, 4. - Изд. 2-е, испр. и доп. одною главою, (последнею в 4 ч.). - СПб. : Печ. в тип. А. Плюшара, 1840. Ч. 4 . - [4], 304 c.

Переплет владельческий. Мемориальное состояние сохранности.

Зотов Рафаил Михайлович (1795-1871), романист, драматург и театральный критик.

Художественный роман времен эпохи Наполеона I «Леонид» дополняет целостную картину исторических образов и событий произведения. Книга была доставлена тестем А.Е. Берсом, который помогал Л.Н. Толстому разыскивать и собирать исторические материалы о 1812 годе.
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