Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), Maxim Gorky (1868 – 1936), and Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904). Crimea, Russia, 1901.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), Maxim Gorky (1868 – 1936), and Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904). Crimea, Russia, 1901.

Boris Vian was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer.

Boris Vian was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer.

“Paul Valery speaks of the 'une ligne donnee' of a poem. One line is given to the poet by God or by nature, the rest he has to discover for himself.” ― Stephen Spender, Faber and Faber publicity photo

“Paul Valery speaks of the 'une ligne donnee' of a poem. One line is given to the poet by God or by nature, the rest he has to discover for himself.” ― Stephen Spender, Faber and Faber publicity photo

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