fascinating biographies

The irreparable loss of Agniya Barto: From what troubles the poet sought salvation in creativity
February 17 marks 113 years since the birth of the famous Soviet writer, author of poems for children Agni Barto. Her books were published in huge editions, poems translated into…

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Red Mata Hari: Why do the archives of the intelligence services about a friend of Maxim Gorky and Hg wells kept secret until now
She wasn't beautiful, but men were crazy about her. Maria Zakrevskaya skillfully hid some facts of her past and shrouded in the fog of mystery of the present. She was…

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15 famous writers, whose real names few people remember

Very often creative people prefer to use their real names in public life. For some, this is a way to divide activities, for others – the opportunity not to put on public display their lives. There are also those to whom real names seem less euphonious than aliases. In our today’s review we offer to know the real names of famous writers.

Boris Akunin

His real name Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili uses exclusively for the publication of scientific works on Japanese studies and literary criticism, as well as critical articles. There are two pseudonyms under which the works of the writer are published: Anatoly Brusnikin and Anna Borisova. Continue reading

Poet Vladislav Khodasevich and his young Muse: “All the time about you, day and night about one you…»

They met once, to firmly tie the knot. Vladislav Khodasevich was one of the best poets of the Silver age, Nina Berberova – his young Muse, who later became a famous writer. It seemed difficult to find two people so different from each other. And at the same time it is difficult to imagine Vladislav Khodasevich and Nina Berberova without each other. What could possibly connect two such different people?

Literary acquaintance

They first met in 1921, a famous poet and a young enthusiastic provincial, who arrived in Petrograd from Rostov-on-don. Continue reading

The main passion of Mark TWAIN: The love of cats and their unusual nicknames

Ernest Hemingway sincerely believed that all modern literature was born from a single book — “the adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Mark TWAIN. Moreover, William Faulkner, born 50 years after the birth of TWAIN, called him “the first truly American writer” and claimed that all the others — only his heirs. And who believed himself a popular writer? And mark TWAIN preferred all people… cat.

In the life of Mark TWAIN was not, perhaps, such a period, when he did not surround himself with cats. He quite seriously considered that without a cat the house is not a house, but only a temporary shelter. Continue reading

Profitable business: What are the fees received by the great Russian writers

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?

Alexander Pushkin

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

Which literary prophecy of the great science fiction writer and the “father of steampunk” Jules Verne have come true after 150 years

Science fiction is usually referred to as stories that describe what technologies may exist in the future, and what they will mean for the people of that time. Although the term “science fiction” was not used until the 1930s, as a genre it began to gain momentum much earlier. And today we can only wonder how accurate were the literary prophecies of Jules Verne

When nineteenth-century thinkers and storytellers faced an era of incredible technological progress and social and industrial change, it is logical that they began to wonder what these changes meant for the world in which they lived, as well as to make certain predictions as to where they would all lead. Continue reading

Why not children's retellings of the tales of Bozhena Nemtsova caused a scandal:"Three nuts for Cinderella", etc
It is surprising that the Slavic children know Charles Perrault and the brothers Grimm and bad — Bozhen Nemtsov, the legendary Czech collector of fairy tales. The Czechs themselves consider…

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10 tragic cases that migrated from books and movies to real life
The idea that life and art intersect is far from new. In most cases, these Parallels between fact and fiction seem harmless. However, there are situations when it begins to…

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As the son of a samurai Matsuo Basho glorified Japanese three-line haiku to the whole worl
Haiku (haiku) remains popular largely due to the fact that perfectly conveys the undertones of funny, allows you to achieve a funny understatement - a couple of expressive strokes, a…

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Was there a real prototype of the vampire Gella from the novel "the Master and Margarita" by Bulgakov
A lot of researches of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "Master and Margarita" have been carried out. It seems that there is not a single white spot left in this work, everything…

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When a husband 20 years younger and wiser of a lifetime: hard-won happiness of Anna Kern
Her name became known thanks to Alexander Pushkin, who dedicated his poem "I remember a wonderful moment"to Anna Kern. By the time she met the poet, she was already married,…

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