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On the Missed Crimean Connection between Leo Tolstoy and Florence Nightingale

Literary Hub (Tolstoy)


In this Literary Hub article, Melissa Pritchard explores the life of Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) along with that of English founder of nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910).

According to Pritchard, both Tolstoy and Nightingale were in the Crimea at the same time during 1854.

Pritchard writes:

“By the time they return home, Tolstoy to his inherited estate…in 1855, and Nightingale to her father’s summer estate…in 1856, each will be on the threshold of incredible fame.”

The two “undisputed giants of the nineteenth century” never met each other.

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