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Written by a then 23 year old Leo Tolstoy, Childhood is a fictional autobiography telling the tale of the life of a young boy as he awakens to the world around him and attempts to find his place within it.
The first in a trilogy of books named Childhood, Boyhood and Youth the fictional account parrallels Tolstoy's own life and experiences.
The first book ever published by Tolstoy it serves as an early example of his storytelling ability. One that would develop over time to make him one of the greatest writers of all time.