Gustav Meyrink, the illegitimate son of Maria Wilhelmina Adelheid Mayer and Minister of State Karl Freiherr von Farnvuhler, was born on January 19, 1868 in Vienna. His mother was an actress and therefore traveled a lot with the theater. Childhood and youth Meyrinka were in constant trips. He studied in gymnasiums – alternately in Munich, Hamburg and Prague. Literary scholars and biographers Meyrinka believe that the writer’s mother treated her son rather coldly, and the boy was deprived of maternal warmth in childhood. Some believe that this is why the writer later succeeded in vampiric and demonic female characters and positive figures came out rather flat. In 1888, Meyrink graduated from the Academy of Commerce in Prague. After that, he founded, with the nephew of the poet Christian Morgenstern, the trading bank Mayer and Morgenstern, which for some time functioned quite successfully.
Engaged in banking activities not very diligently, Meyrink led a high life in Prague. Once he even fought a duel with some officer because of an inappropriate and offensive hint of illegitimate birth.
In 1892, Meyrink married Edwig Maria Zertl – but rather quickly became disillusioned with this marriage and did not Continue reading
A Belgian writer, art historian and journalist whose real name is Gerald Berthot.
Born in Flanders, in Louvain, in the family of lawyer Arthur Bertot, who taught at the city college, and Elizabeth Jeanne Schuermans (d’Elisabeth Jeanne Schuermans). He was the oldest child in a family of three children. He receives secondary education in Brussels at the Saint-Michel school, where he publishes small articles in the school journal “Youth” (La jeunesse). At seventeen, he met with Jean Ray (Jean Ray, 1887-1964), and this meeting (according to Owen) determined his whole future life. In 1928 he enrolled in the first year of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Institute of Saint-Louis (Universitaires Saint-Louis), then until 1932 he studied law at the University of Louvain, where in 1930 he founded the literary journal “University Word” (La Parole universitaire; this publication, under his leadership, and then his brother, lasted another ten years). In 1933, at the University of l’Université Catholique de Louvain, he received a doctorate in law and married Juliette Ardies and left the bar (in 1936 and 1939 they had two children). Then, thanks to his friendship with the director of the daily newspaper “XX Century” William Hughes, he, under the pseudonym Stefan Rey (Stéphane Rey), begins to publish art articles on surrealism. And under his own name, he publishes political Continue reading
Mark Twain is an American writer. Born November 30, 1835 in the village of Florida (pc. Missouri). He spent his childhood in the town of Hannibal on the Mississippi. He was a student of a typesetter, later, together with his brother, he published a newspaper in Hannibal, then in Meskatin and Keokuk (pc. Iowa). In 1857 he became a pupil of the pilot, fulfilling his childhood dream of “know the river”, in April 1859 he received the rights of the pilot. In 1861 he moved to his brother in Nevada, for almost a year he was a prospector in silver mines. After writing several humor notes for the newspaper “Territorial Enterprise” in Virginia City, in August 1862 he received an invitation to become its employee. For the pseudonym, he took the expression of lots on the Mississippi, shouting “Merka 2”, which meant sufficient depth for safe navigation.
In May 1864, Twain left for San Francisco, worked for two years in California newspapers, including correspondent of the California “Union” in the Hawaiian Islands. On the crest of the success of his essays, he delivered humorous Continue reading