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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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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From which he died the Jewish king Herod, and told the writer Anton Chekhov

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”.

“Disgusting disease”

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

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

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…

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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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Who are they - brothers and sisters Chekhov, Kataev and other famous writers who worked under pseudonyms
Not always talented relatives have the same name. Even siblings can have completely different surnames. In the writer's world, there are many cases where readers were not even aware that…

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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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How to grow a genius: What books have read great people when they were not yet known
In the life of modern man has long included numerous gadgets and devices, and books are much more often read from electronic devices, rather than in the printed version. However,…

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