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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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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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 it the founder of Czech literature. But, in addition, Nemtsov’s greater glory because, in contrast to Perrault and Grimm, not reworked folk tales into cautionary stories with morals. She even handled them so minimal that the stories or certain things caused a scandal because it took place in the prudish nineteenth century.

Twelve months and their unknown author

The most famous in Russia from West Slavic fairy tales, recorded Nemtsova — “Twelve months.” Of course, the children know her in the adaptation of Marshak, who made her a play, removing all unchildlike moments. Continue reading

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 the invention of printing, quite a bit inferior to the Bible and other sacred texts. It is no wonder that among the famous authors of works of art were those who directed their talent to the description of kitchen wisdom.

“The lectures of Mr Poof, doctors encyclopedias and other Sciences, about the art of cooking»

Under this title, the readers of the Appendix to the “Literary newspaper” of the 1840s got acquainted with the gastronomic secrets and rules of etiquette in the field of eating. Continue reading

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, but the personal happiness of the young woman was not even discussed. Anna hated her husband Ermolai Kern. Throughout her family life, she fell in love, and as a result, the reputation of the General’s wife was hopelessly spoiled. But his real happiness Anna Kern found in 36 years in the face of 16-year-old Alexander Markov-Vinogradsky.

A fleeting vision

Anna Poltoratskaya was not yet 17 years old when her father married her to 52-year-old Ermolai Kern. 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…

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How was the fate of the prototype of Grigory Melekhov from the "quiet don»
For many years, Mikhail Sholokhov carefully avoided answering the question whether his favorite character from the novel "the Quiet don" had a prototype. Sholokhov had his reasons to hide the…

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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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10 biographical books about the idols of the XX century, which are read by people of different ages
Celebrity life always attracts attention. As a rule, famous people always have a lot of fans who are interested to know not only about the achievements and victories, but also…

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For that shot and sent to the camps for schoolchildren and students from the literature club
In early February 1952, a trial was held in Moscow for a week. Accused students who organized an alternative literary circle. However, over half of the team, his goals have…

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