Dedicated to the Memory of's BruceFollow Us on Twitter
Am I
Search Celebrities (By Last Name)
Search Collections
In The News
Voting Station
Maksim Gorky
Please vote to return to collections (Voting Results will appear on Right Sidebar).
    (March 28, 1868-June 14, 1936)
    Birth name was Aleksey Peshkov
    Wrote 'Sketches and Stories (1898),' 'The Lower Depths (1902),' 'Mother (1907),' 'The Artamonoy Business (1925)' and 'The Life of Klim Samgin (1936)'
    Helped to establish the First Workers' and Peasants' University, the Petrograd Theater, the World Literature Publishing House, and the Soviet Writers' Union
    Due to his turbulent early years he renamed himself gorky. Gorky is the Russian word for 'bitter.'
    He attempted suicide by shooting himself in the lung. He survived but his lungs were permanently damaged and he suffered frequent bouts of tuberculosis because of it.
    Although he was a Bolshevik, he was often at odds with the party and opposed V.I. Lenin's policies.
    He donated most of his income to support the Bolshevik revolutionaries.
    He toured the United States with his mistress and was attacked by the press. In response, he wrote the story 'The City of the Yellow Devil' about New York City.
    He helped create the literary style of Socialist Realism that was imposed on all Soviet writers. Socialist realism is a fancy literary term for political propaganda.
    He was a supporter of Josef Stalin.
    He smoked.
    He grew up in poverty and was forced to earn a living for himself at an early age.
    After witnessing a violent pogrom, he became a lifelong opponent of racism.
    His first short stories were so well-received that he was compared to Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov.
    His books and outspoken political views earned him the reputation as a champion of the poor and oppressed.
    He was the first Russian playwright to realistically depict the lives of the poor (probably because he had actual experience).
    After his death his hometown of Nizhniy Novgorod was renamed Gorky in his honor.

Credit: Call me Calvin

    For 2020, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 34 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 152 Votes: 60.53% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 24 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 155 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 23 Votes: 73.91% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 35 Votes: 68.57% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 29 Votes: 62.07% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 36 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 64 Votes: 68.75% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 97 Votes: 62.89% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 222 Votes: 63.06% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 68 Votes: 55.88% Annoying
Annoying Collections
Site News