What Marietta Shahinian called for a duel man and other antics of a passionate poetess
She was amazing and unpredictable. Friends of Marietta Shahinian called her a spunky girl and the iron lady. It was all in superlatives: desire, emotion, sympathy. Marietta Shaginyan obeyed momentary…

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No country, no churchyard: Why the body of Joseph Brodsky was buried only a year and a half after his departure
The fate of the brilliant poet Joseph Brodsky was not always kind to him. At home, he was persecuted, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic, and after emigration was…

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6 famous writers who wrote with mistakes, but conquered the world

It is hard to imagine that famous writers wrote with errors. However, such cases are not uncommon in the literary environment. Quite well-known writers and poets often neglect the rules of the language in which they write. Fortunately, all products are prepress and editors correct the texts, all the grammatical and punctuation errors of great writers.

Vladimir Mayakovsky

In Vladimir Mayakovsky’s manuscripts all points and commas could be completely absent. Explained this paradox he their hatred of these punctuation marks and, accordingly, their complete disregard. Continue reading

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, expensive perfume, but the despised people of high society in the best rural traditions. To success he walked a thorny road, and many of his contemporaries (and, perhaps, detractors) claimed that helped the blue-eyed handsome man with blond tufts of very ambiguous connection.

How it all began

Yesenin is 20 years old. In Moscow, no one publishes it, for this reason, he left his young wife with a child and went to look for happiness in Petrograd. Continue reading

No country, no churchyard: Why the body of Joseph Brodsky was buried only a year and a half after his departure

The fate of the brilliant poet Joseph Brodsky was not always kind to him. At home, he was persecuted, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic, and after emigration was not allowed even to come to the USSR to bury his family. And even after his departure boiled passions and disputes about how, where should rest his body. It took a whole year and a half to find a place for the last rest of the poet.

Unloved son of his homeland

The first public performance at the tournament of poets 20-year-old Joseph Brodsky led to a scandal. Continue reading

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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The arbiter of fate: How did the famous Russian writers of the Silver age get a start in life thanks to Zinaida hippius
Perhaps, there was no more controversial figure in the Russian literary society of the Silver age than Zinaida hippius. She was considered one of the most beautiful and intelligent women…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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