Who was the real prototype of Dr. Faust, and why in the XVI century believed that he sold his soul to the devil
The story of the alchemist and the scientist who sold his soul to the devil is known all over the world. Despite the obviously mystical motives, Dr. Faust has a…

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10 little-known works of great writers that are definitely worth reading
It is difficult to find an educated person who would not know the names of these writers and poets. However, not all lovers of literature can say with confidence that…

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Monthly Archives: May 2018

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

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…

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7 important books for those who want to understand art well
Culture and art are an integral part of human life. However, often trips to museums and exhibitions quite insufficient for a deep understanding of the subject. In this case, you…

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What recipes Dumas, Odoyevsky, Hugo and other famous writers shared in their cookbooks
It would be a mistake to underestimate cookbooks – the importance of cooking is evidenced by the fact that in France the first collection of recipes was released immediately after…

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What is the secret of Semyon Nadson's poems, which 100 years ago was more popular than Pushkin
About a hundred years ago, this poet's popularity almost surpassed Pushkin himself – and thanks to the poems that hit the tone of the time, and thanks to the history…

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Literature on the verge: 10 novels, which caused a loud resonance in the society
The reaction of society to the topics and ideas raised by writers can be acute and painful. In this case, around books flare up scandals, they are removed from sale,…

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