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Alexander Grin – famous writer

Alexander Grin – famous writer

Alexander Grin – famous writer


Alexander Grin was a Russian writer, poet, author of philosophical and psychological works.
Alexander Stephanovich Grinevsky was born on August 23, 1880, Vyatka province, Russian Empire. His father Stefan Grinevsky was an exiled Polish rebel. He was an employee and did not think of anything, except for a timely payment of salaries. But his eldest son Sasha was very different. At the age of eight the boy received three chests full of books about adventures, brave travelers and unknown distant countries.
After school Sasha went to Odessa dreaming of becoming a sailor. The boy was fascinated by southern bright city. Sasha managed to get a job as a cabin boy and even sailed to Alexandria. However, he left the ship very soon. Then he wandered around the country and tried many jobs, but did not find a job for himself.
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Alexander Ostrovsky – regarded playwright

Alexander Ostrovsky – regarded playwright

Alexander Ostrovsky – regarded playwright


Alexander Ostrovsky was a Russian playwright, whose work became the most important stage in the development of the Russian national theater. By the way, he was a corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences.
The boy was born on March 31 (April 12), 1823 in Moscow. His father Nikolai Fedorovich was the son of a priest, and graduated from the Kostroma seminary, then from the Moscow Theological Academy. However, he didn’t become a priest, but a collegiate assessor, and in 1839 he received the nobility. His mother Lyubov Ivanovna Savvina died when Alexander was nine years old. There were eight children in the family, four of them died in infancy. Thanks to the position of Nikolai Fedorovich, the family lived in prosperity, and great attention was paid to the education of children. Five years after his mother’s death, Alexander’s father married Baroness Emilia Andreevna von Tessin, the daughter of a Swedish nobleman.
Thanks to his father’s large library, the boy became interested in literature. To tell the truth, the father wanted his son to be a lawyer. In 1835, Ostrovsky entered the third class of the 1st Moscow Gubernia Gymnasium, after which, in 1840, he became a student of the law faculty of the Moscow University. But he failed to finish the university. Then he worked in Moscow courts until 1850. By 1846 Ostrovsky had already written many scenes from the merchant’s life and began to write the comedy The Bankrupt.
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Boris Pasternak – outstanding writer

Boris Pasternak – outstanding writer

Boris Pasternak – outstanding writer

Boris Pasternak is one of the few masters awarded the Nobel Prize. His poems and translations were included in the gold fund of Russian and foreign literature.
Boris Leonidovich was born on January 29, 1890 in Moscow into an intelligent family. His mother was a pianist, whose career began in Odessa. And his father was an artist and a member of the Academy of Arts. Some of his paintings were bought by a well-known patron of art for the Tretyakov Gallery. The father of the future writer was friends with Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy and was engaged in illustrating his books. You know, there were four children in the family and Boris was the first.
Many creative persons were guest at their house – writer Lev Tolstoy, composers Skriabin and Rachmaninov, artists Ivanov, Polenov, Nesterov, Ghe, Levitan and other famous personalities. Communication with them could not but affect the future poet.
Thanks to Scriabin the boy was passionate about music and dreamed of following in the footsteps of his teacher. Boris even studied at the conservatory.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky – Russian writer

Fyodor Dostoevsky - Russian writer

Fyodor Dostoevsky – Russian writer

Fyodor Dostoevsky was born on October 30, 1821 in Moscow, Russian Empire. His father Mikhail Andreevich received medical training and worked in the Borodino Infantry Regiment, the Moscow Military Hospital, and at the Mariinsky Hospital for the Poor. The mother of the future famous writer, Maria Fedorovna Nechaeva, was the daughter of a capital merchant. You know, his parents were not rich people, but they worked tirelessly to give the children a good education. Subsequently, Dostoevsky repeatedly admitted that he was immensely grateful to his father and mother for the wonderful upbringing and education that cost them their hard work.
The mother taught him to read, she used the book 104 Sacred Stories of the Old and New Testament. Partly therefore in Dostoyevsky’s famous book The Brothers Karamazov, the character Zosima in one of the dialogues tells that in his childhood he learned to read this book. The father also contributed to the education of his son, teaching him Latin.
There were seven children in the family. Thus, Fyodor had elder brother Mikhail, with whom he was especially close, and elder sister Varvara. In addition, he had younger brothers Andrei and Nikolai, as well as younger sisters Vera and Alexandra.
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Valentin Rasputin – Russian writer

Valentin Rasputin – Russian writer

Valentin Rasputin – Russian writer


Valentin Rasputin was a Russian writer, publicist and public figure. You know, he is one of the few Russian writers for whom Russia is not just a geographical place where he was born, but the Motherland in the highest and fullest sense of the word. The writer was fond of village, the cradle and soul of Russia.
The future novelist was born on March 15, 1937 in the village of Ust-Uda, East-Siberian region. When the boy was 2 years old, his parents moved to the village Atalanka. The beauty of Siberian nature, seen by Valentin during the first years of his life, amazed him so much that it became an integral part of every work.
The boy read a lot and borrowed books in the library and the homes of fellow villagers. His mother worked in a bank, and the father, a front-line hero, became the head of the post office. One day, his father was robbed and later sent to Kolyma. The mother remained alone with three children.
Valentin studied in the village Ust-Uda, fifty kilometers from the village where he lived. By the way, the writer described his life of that difficult period in a remarkable and surprisingly truthful story French Lessons.
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Vasily Demut-Malinovsky – Russian sculptor

Vasily Demut-Malinovsky – Russian sculptor

Vasily Demut-Malinovsky – Russian sculptor


Vasily Demut-Malinovsky (1779-1846) was a Russian sculptor. To tell the truth, he was the greatest representative of the Russian Empire.
The future sculptor was born in St. Petersburg on March 2, 1779. His father worked as a wood carver. In 1785, while still a child, six-year-old Vasily began to study at the Academy of Arts. Remarkable Russian sculptor Mikhail Kozlovsky played a great role in the education of Demut-Malinovsky. He taught at the Academy.
Together with the teacher, Demut-Malinovsky created the plot relief The Capture Of Frigates at the Battle of Gangut. This responsible work brought the young artist a great gold medal. He was left as a pensioner at the Academy.
After the death of Kozlovsky, Demut-Malinovsky created a tombstone project for the famous Russian artist. On December 11, 1802 at the Great Assembly of the Academy of Fine Arts Demutu-Malinovsky was awarded the Grand Gold Medal.
In 1803, Vasily, among other pensioners of the Academy of Arts, went to Italy for further improvement in art. And in early June of the same year he went to the famous Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. Also he studied ancient art, got acquainted with the works of modern Italian masters.
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Alexander Benois – Russian artist

Alexander Benois – Russian artist

Alexander Benois – Russian artist


The famous Russian artist Alexander Benois (1870-1960) was born into a well-known family. His mother Camilla Albertovna Benois (Kavos) was a musician and the father was a famous architect. You know, there were nine children in the family.
The future artist spent his childhood in St. Petersburg, where he studied at the private gymnasium of Karl May. Alexander continued his studies at the Faculty of Law of the St. Petersburg University and simultaneously attended classes at the Academy of Fine Arts. By the way, Benois showed himself as a writer and art critic, and supplemented Mutter’s book The History of European Art with a chapter on Russian art. From 1896 to 1898, Alexander lived and worked in France, where he painted the Versailles Series.
Besides, in 1898, Benois together with S. Diaghilev organized the association World of Art. The participants of the association held exhibitions, in which Roerich, Vrubel, Serov, Bilibin, Vasnetsov, Korovin and Dobuzhinsky took part. However, not all eminent artists favorably treated the World of Art. In particular, Repin did not like this company very much.
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