The whole world is read by their works. But not all readers are familiar with the life of famous writers and interesting situations from their biography.
In our article we will tell 20 interesting facts from the life of great writers past and present, we will tell entertaining stories from the biographies of famous Russian and foreign writers.
Fact 1: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky did not consider literary activity to be something worth dedicating his life to. He prepared both of his sons for the profession of engineers. Perhaps this is due to the financial difficulties that the writer constantly experienced.
Together with his brother, who was also a writer, they published a magazine. However, they got into huge debts that had to be paid until the end of their lives. But the sons of Fyodor Mikhailovich still followed in his footsteps.
Fact 2: Anton Chekhov
No other writer can boast of such a large number of pseudonyms as Anton Chekhov. The most famous of them is Antoshe Chekhonte.
And the very name of the writers causes a lot of controversy. Some believe that it has nothing to do with the Czech nationality, but comes from the old Russian name Czech, Chokh.
Fact 3: Nikolai Gogol
Nikolai Gogol’s passion was not only literature. He gladly spent his leisure time doing something unexpected for a man – needlework.
He was knitting, sewing and even weaving belts. Nikolai Vasilievich often delighted his sisters with dresses made with his own hands.
He also loved to wear his own scarves.
Fact 4: Mikhail Bulgakov
Mikhail Bulgakov was born into a family with many doctors. This profession was revered and considered profitable.
Following the advice of his parents, the future writer entered the Kiev Medical University, and after graduation he worked as a surgeon and venereologist.
And only evenings he could devote to his favorite business – writing. But already in 1920 he completely devoted himself to literature.
Fact 5: Jules Verne
The author of so many adventure stories did not travel so often, although he dreamed about it since childhood. The first reason was the father.
He managed to find 11-year-old Jules Verne when he ran away from home to become a cabin boy on a ship. After that, there was training at the seminary and writing.
And only at the zenith of his fame, he was able to fulfill his childhood dream – to swim in the sea. To do this, he bought three luxury yachts at once.
Fact 6: Ernest Hemingway
Throughout his life, Ernest Hemingway struggled with death. He wrote his first journalistic essay about the fire, having visited the scene directly.
Fortunately, only the suit was damaged. In the war, he was able to get an Italian sniper, but received a huge number of wounds.
He survived two car accidents, was able to recover from skin cancer and anthrax, and recovered from a skull fracture and spinal fracture.
Fact 7: Ivan Bunin
Ivan Bunin had many interesting hobbies. He loved to collect bottles of medicines, and also amused himself by guessing the appearance of people by their heads, arms and legs.
The writer was superstitious. He was afraid of the number 13 and the letter “F”. He had such a lively facial expression that Stanislavsky more than once offered him a role in the theater. Many diseases of the writer existed only in his imagination.
Fact 8: Maxim Gorky
Maxim Gorky had an interesting relationship with the Soviet regime. He shared the views of the Bolsheviks, but did not support the October Revolution.
As the most published writer in the USSR, he used all his influence to rescue unjustly convicted political prisoners.
Unlike most Soviet citizens, Maxim Gorky had the opportunity not only to visit other countries, but also to live abroad for 18 years.
Fact 9: Ivan Turgenev
Ivan Sergeevich spent his early years in Germany, where he generously littered his parents’ money. To teach the unlucky son a lesson, his mother sent him a parcel.
The future writer gave the last money to pay for the heavy parcel and, in anticipation of expensive gifts and financial support, began to open the parcel. What a great disappointment befell him after … bricks were in the parcel.
Fact 10: Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen’s fairy tales are read by millions of children and adults. His books are strongly associated with childhood, and many cartoons and films have been shot based on his works.
However, Hans Christian also had an idol. A book was found with the writer with the autograph of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. The storyteller treasured this copy very much and kept it until the end of his life.
Fact 11: Vasily Shukshin
Vasily Shukshin’s first marriage ended in failure. He fell in love with Maria, a girl from his own village. However, leaving the registry office, the couple quarreled strongly over a trip to Moscow.
Vasily planned to go to the capital to study, and his young wife did not agree to follow him. Shukshin left and wanted to get a divorce.
However, Maria did not agree to a divorce. Then the resourceful Vasily, having fallen in love with another, found a way out. He “lost” his passport, and when receiving a new one did not indicate his status as a married person.
Fact 12: Nikolay Nekrasov
Nekrasov had tender feelings for his mother. She came from a wealthy family, but married against the will of her parents.
This not only deprived her of financial support, but also family relationships. The mother was very kind and gentle.
Her character was in sharp contrast to the temperament of her father – sharp and oppressive. Nekrasov disliked his father, although in character he was very similar to him.
Fact 13: Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir had to leave several times for security reasons. After the October Revolution, his family first moved to Crimea, and then emigrated to Germany.
There young Nabokov lived for a long time, earning money teaching English. During this period, he married a Jewish girl.
After anti-Semitism was promoted in Germany, Nabokov was forced to emigrate a second time – to the United States.
Fact 14: Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was born into an intelligent family. His mother also studied literature and wrote poetry. The writer was instilled in good manners, one of which would now be considered strange.
He always changed his clothes before going out for dinner. He kept this habit until the end of his life, claiming that he would do so even on a desert island.
Fact 15: Alexandre Dumas
The great writer took his nickname from his slave mother. She was originally from Africa and was called Marie du Ma, which meant “home Marie”.
She became the mistress of the French marquis and gave birth to four children from him. The wayward marquis sold all four into slavery and only a few years later had mercy on his eldest son, ransoming him.
The freed slave became the father of the world famous writer.
Fact 16: Jane Austen
When the future English writer was 26 years old, she received a marriage proposal from a man 5 years younger than her.
The age difference confused her, but since he was the son of close family friends, she agreed. However, the very next day after the engagement, the wayward Jane categorically refused to marry without love.
The engagement was terminated, and the girl never got married, devoting her life to creativity.
Fact 17: Charles Dickens
As a teenager, Charles found himself in a difficult situation. His family was very poor, and his father was imprisoned because he could not cope with the payment of obligations on debts.
The law of that time obliged to bear responsibility not only for the man, but also for his wife. So Dickens’s mother also ended up in a prison cell. The boy had to work to feed himself.
Fact 18: Ray Bradbury
The science fiction writer was distinguished by a violent imagination and realized his talent not only in books. He created a legend according to which his great-grandmother was a powerful witch. Many believed in this story.
The writer had a phenomenal memory and claimed to remember all the events in his life, including the moment of cutting the umbilical cord.
Fact 19: Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy had a very illegible handwriting. In order for publishers to print his works, his wife and daughter were forced to rewrite the manuscripts. It is worth mentioning here that the complete collection of his works is contained in 90 large volumes.
Fact 20: Margaret Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell – the author of the world famous novel “Gone with the Wind” has always denied her resemblance to the main character. However, biographers noted many facts that coincided. For example, the restless and purposeful nature of the writer in her youth, and her first marriage was reminiscent of the relationship between Scarlett and Ray.
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