Why Dumas distorted the story of the real "count of Monte Cristo" and hid who he really was
The writer Alexander Dumas was a very prolific and successful author. His novels were read by many generations in all countries of the world. Where did he get the stories…

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As an atheist Leo Tolstoy looked into Oblivion: What made the great writer to overestimate life
In the life of Leo Tolstoy once there was a strange case when the writer either became a victim of an attack, or met face to face with something otherworldly,…

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What was fantasy before “the Hobbit” and “the Lord of the rings”: 10 stories that inspired Tolkien

For many readers journey in genre fantasy began with Professor John Ronald Ruel Tolkien. “Hobbit”, “Lord of the rings” or even Peter Jackson’s screen version… these stories “hooked” millions of people. It is known that Tolkien was inspired by some of the masters of modern fantasy, from George R. R. Martin to Terry Brooks. But the fantasy genre was not born in a day when middle earth was created.

Tolkien himself drew inspiration from old works, as well as from the writings of his close friend and colleague on the work of Clive Lewis (once they even planned to write a book together, which began to write Lewis). Continue reading

Personal order of comrade Stalin: 5 books that were written on the instructions of the "leader of the peoples»
Works written by Soviet authors in the period of formation and heyday of the USSR, today is quite difficult to perceive by readers. Some of the writers believed in Communist…

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Doubtful love affair of Sergei Yesenin: Who were the patrons and admirers of the "singer of the people»
Critics and admirers called Sergei Yesenin "peasant son" and "a singer from the people." He gravitated to the high society, posing as the aristocrat, wore English suits, loved fancy things,…

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Three marriages of Lyudmila Ulitskaya: How divorce helped the famous writer to find herself
Lyudmila Ulitskaya needs no introduction for a long time. She is called one of the most widely read writers of our time, her books have been translated into almost 30…

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Who are they - brothers and sisters Chekhov, Kataev and other famous writers who worked under pseudonyms
Not always talented relatives have the same name. Even siblings can have completely different surnames. In the writer's world, there are many cases where readers were not even aware that…

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Inconvenient Mikhail Sholokhov: Who and why attempted the life of the Soviet Nobel laureate
A famous writer, Nobel prize winner in literature led a modest, almost reclusive life. He spent his bonuses, as they would say, on charity, and he was not afraid of…

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