The Opening Line of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy's handwritten manuscript for Anna Karenina

The first line in Anna Karenina, an 1878 novel written by Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, reads: All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Tolstoy opens his nearly 900-page book with this bleak sentence to lure readers into a tale of marriage, love, betrayal and family dynamics. The … Read more