The Atlantic magazine opened up its archives recently and someone there came across an 1891 profile of Leo Tolstoy. I like the writing:

His manner, a combination of gentle simplicity, awkward half-conquered consciousness, and half-discarded polish, was as cordial as ever.

The 100th anniversary of Tolstoy’s death passed recently.

The Atlantic Profile That Foreshadowed Tolstoy’s Death – Jennie Rothenberg Gritz – Culture – The Atlantic. via