Portrait of Gorky, c. 1906

First Night Design | On This Day—Maxim Gorky


MAXIM GORKY 28 March 1868—16 June 1936

Portrait of Gorky, c. 1906
Portrait of Gorky, c. 1906

‘You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better.’

‘A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.’

Leo Tolstoy with Gorky in Yasnaya Polyana, 1900
Leo Tolstoy with Gorky in Yasnaya Polyana, 1900

‘Lies are the religion of slaves and masters. Truth is the god of the free man.’
Lower Depths, And Other Plays

‘You will not drown the truth in seas of blood.’

Anton Chekov with Gorky at Yalta 1900
Anton Chekov with Gorky at Yalta 1900

‘Writers build castles in the air, the reader lives inside, and the publisher inns the rent.’


My Childhood

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

7 thoughts on “First Night Design | On This Day—Maxim Gorky

  1. I certainly agree that a “bad man must have brains” –what better way to fuel the badness? –to be “bad” the “bad” need to maintain several steps ahead of the good. Writing for children is often difficult because of assumptions that children are not sophisticated, so challenging writing, interesting writing is wasted on them. I’ve found some children even pickier about what they will read on their own; “assigned” reading is different, as when “assigned” , much can be read just for the grade (I was just such a child, by the way).

    Love the comments about truth! –how true! –god of the free person (not just “man”; and yes, lies indeed are religion of slaves and masters, and free “people” have the god of truth (can’t bring myself to say “man” [even though I understand the usage])

    Also like where writers build, those “castles in the air”, and how these structures behave in interactions systems.

    Gorky is wonderful! –please post more.

    Thank you so much for this! –Delicious!

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