Posthumous consultation on the disease of the Jewish king Herod, appeared in 1892 in the Christmas issue of the newspaper “New time”. The author of the article was Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, for whom this work was a compromise between the “legal wife” and “mistress”.
Until his last day, a world-class writer remained primarily a doctor. It is not surprising, therefore, that among his literary works there is an article on the death of Herod – a posthumous consultation, compiled on the basis of written sources about the disease of the king of Judea. Chekhov wrote this note in a difficult financial period, guided by the desire to receive a fee, but the subject of research aroused great interest in the medical writer. Continue reading
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
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