Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Google Doodle celebrates Leo Tolstoy's birthday

Posted on

Google Doodle

For your 186th birthday, you don’t get a cake: You get a Google Doodle. If you’re Leo Tolstoy, at least. The Russian writer was born 186 years today, and Google is celebrating his birthday with a Doodle featuring illustrations of his most famous works, including Anna Karenina and War and Peace.

Tolstoy published his first novel, Childhood, in 1852 and followed up with 1854’s Boyhood and 1856’s Youth to create a trilogy. A little more than a decade later, he published War and Peace, his most famous work. He didn’t just write novels, though: Tolstoy also published dozens of short stories and multiple philosophical texts, including The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Tolstoy died in 1910. He was 82.