Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya – poetess
Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya (July 26, 1891 — November 11, 1968) was born in Taganrog in a pharmacist’s family.
Yelizaveta (born Parnokh or Parnoh) was poetess, playwright, translator and author of children’s books.
She was twin sister to a poet and founder of Soviet Jazz music, Valentin Parnakh and sister to poetess Sophia Parnok.
Yelizaveta started to write poems in her childhood.
Her first books “On How Chocolate Came to MosSelProm” and “Tit Will Fly” were published in 1925.
She wrote many children’s books, including “Metropolitan” (1932), “The Moon and the Lazy Fellow” (1933), “The Seagull” (1965). She is the author of poems for grown-ups: “The Violin Clef” (1958), “The Bird” (1965).
Yelizaveta translated many poems for children written by various Soviet and foreign authors: verses of Polish poet Julian Tuwim, Uzbek poet Kuddus Muhammadi (Muhammadiev), Azerbaijani poetess Mirvari Dilbazi, Georgian poetess Mariki Baratashvili, Lithuanian poet Eduardas Mieuelaitis, Bulgarian poet Assen Bossev and many more.
Tarakhovskaya is best known for her play “By the Pike’s Wish”, which was staged by Sergey Obraztsov in the Moscow State Academic Puppet Show named after Serguei Obraztsov in November 1936. It was also released as a motion picture in 1938 (directed by Aleksandr Rou).
Yelizaveta died in Moscow on November 11, 1968 and was buried on Novodevichy Cemetery near her twin-brother Valentin.
Illustration by A.Brey for Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya’s book Metro, 1933
The Seagull, 1965. Dedicated to Valentina Tereshkova, Soviet Russian cosmonaut, the first woman to go into space