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Russian Poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (120th Anniversary Of His Birth)

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky, who was born on July 19, 1893, was a Russian and Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and stage and film actor. He was among the foremost representatives of early-20th century Russian Futurism, a literary school born of the dynamism, speed, and restlessness of modern urban life that sought to repudiate the "static" art of the past and which embraced formal experimentation. His suicide in 1930 at just 36 years of age is still the source of much speculation.

Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) with friends, including Lilya Brik, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (third from left), and poet Boris Pasternak (second from left) (undated)
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Vladimir Mayakovsky (center) with friends, including Lilya Brik, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (third from left), and poet Boris Pasternak (second from left) (undated)

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