Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sophia Tolstaya

Sophia Tolstaya – the wife of famed Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. 16 years younger than Tolstoy, Sophia was 18 when they were married. On the night before their marriage, Tolstoy presented his bride wit a series of memoirs detailing his past sexual exploits. During their long but difficult marriage, Tolstaya helped her husband with his career, acting as a copyist. She later took up photography and gained some renown as a photographer. In 1910 at age 81, Tolstoy decided to leave his wife, but died ten days later. As a widow, Sophia survived the Russian Revolution and died in 1919.