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Tolstoy considered this book his first true novel.
Characters in "Anna Karenina"
- Anna Arkadyevna Karenina – The title character, the sister of Stepan and the lover of Vronsky
Anna Arkadyevna Karenina is romantic and has a very strong character. For example, she likes to write children's books and admires art. She is described as being very beautiful, and there is a lot of energy in her. She loves her son very, very, much, and this is one of the biggest reasons why she is afraid of running away with Vronsky. Although she does not love her husband, Karenin, she feels sorry and guilty. However, she says that "I hate him for his virtues!" She is emotionally honest and really does not like to pretend. She thinks that Karenin loves to pretend, and this is one of the greatest reasons why she does not like him. She thinks that love is more important than anything, even duty.
- Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky – The lover of Anna
Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky is a handsome, rich, passionate soldier. He is romantic and charming, but he, too, is just a man. Anna is disappointed after she runs away with him and commits adultery because he is not perfect. His head begins to become bald, he loses at horse games, and he does not care about Kitty's feelings. Tolstoy does not often write about his thoughts and feelings as he does about the other characters.
- Prince Stepan Arkadyevitch Oblonsky ("Stiva") – a good, kind servant
- Darya Alexandrovna Oblonskaya ("Dolly") – Stepan's wife
- Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin – Anna's husband
- Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin – Kitty's suitor and the novel's other protagonist
- Nikolai Levin – Konstantin's brother
- Ekaterina Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya ("Kitty") – Darya's younger sister
- Countess Lydia Ivanovna – Interested in all things mystical
- Kapitonich - Karenin's butler
- Anna Karenina (1935 movie), a critically acclaimed 1935 drama movie, directed by Clarence Brown. It is based on the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The movie stars Greta Garbo, Fredric March, and Maureen O'Sullivan. 
- Anna Karenina (1948 movie), directed by Julien Duvivier with Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina.
- Anna Karenina (1997 movie), a 1997 British-American production filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia, by director Bernard Rose with Sophie Marceau as Anna Karenina. 
Anna Karenina in English
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- Anna Karenina formatted for online reading (At literature.org.)
- Sparknotes: Anna Karenina An analysis of the book.
Anna Karenina in Russian
- «Анна Каренина» at LitPortal.ru
- Full Russian text of Anna Karenina at Alexey Komarov's Internet Library