Thanks.Prompted by eb's comments...
The great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia. I don't see any errors in grammar. That said, it's clunky writing.
A more common way of saying it follows. This is easier on the ear, perhaps because it is more familiar.
L. N. Tolstoy, the great writer, was born in Russia.
The great writer
Both sentences carry the same information. The second example, with the appositive phrase following the name, is much more common.
Great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia. If this had a definite article at the beginning of the sentence it would be less jarring, not so foreign sounding. As written,
it's more than clunky; it doesn't sound like something a native speaker would say. I assume that this is the construction entangledbank dislikes so much, and accuses Dan Brown of using. I haven't had the err... pleasure of reading Mr. Brown. I'm not persuaded that I've missed much.