It is widely believed that in pre-revolutionary Russia, writers and poets were virtually disinterested. That is, their fees were so meager that they did not allow writers to lead a decent life. Pushkin, for example, left behind a huge debt, Lermontov hardly managed to maintain a befitting nobleman lifestyle. Were the incomes of the great Russian writers really very small?
The genius of Russian literature by today’s standards was not a poor man. For example, the poem “Ruslan and Lyudmila” was purchased by the publisher for 1500 rubles. Continue reading
On the books of Ivan Turgenev grew more than one generation. His works make you think, inspire, fascinate. And it’s hard to imagine that their author has earned a reputation as one of the most controversial writers of his time. He quarreled with Dostoevsky, Nekrasov and Goncharov, and Tolstoy even challenged Turgenev to a duel. What was the reason for the writer’s quarrels with his colleagues in Peru?
Ivan Turgenev and Leo Tolstoy
Two talented writers did not agree on the education of the younger generation. Sora had been visiting Athanasius FET and his wife Maria Petrovna during lunch. Continue reading