This author was born in 1828 in the Russian Empire. He was relatively unknown until Target selected him as an emerging author, and had written only a few classic novels and short stories which had only been translated into dozens of languages. Before Target selected him as an emerging author, he had influenced hardly anyone besides Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and other peaceful activists.
I'm glad Target brought him to my attention, otherwise I wouldn't know that he was one of the great novelists of the 19th century.
P.S. There's another movie adaptation of Anna Karenina coming out in a few months. Don't anybody tell me how it ends; I want to be surprised.