Vladimir Mayakovsky

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Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1924.
Born July 19, 1893(1893-07-19)
Baghdati, Russian Empire
Died April 14, 1930(1930-04-14) (aged 36)
Moscow, Soviet Union

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky [Владимир Владимирович Маяковский] was a Russian and Soviet poet, playwright, artist and stage and film actor.

Mayakovsky, the great poet of the Revolution, was born in a small Georgian town, where his father worked as a forest ranger. He arrived in Moscow at the age of thirteen and was jailed as a revolutionary two years later. After meeting Burliuk at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, he joined Burliuk's Hylaea group and began writing poetry. In 1913, he played the autobiographical role of poet, prophet, and martyr in his play Vladimir Mayakovksy: A Tragedy, and dressed in outlandish costumes with the Burliuks and Kamensky during their Futurist Tour of Russia. Mayakovsky met his muse, Lily Brik, in 1915 and began a love affair that lasted until 1928. With Lily’s husband, the literary critic Osip Brik, he founded LEF. Mayakovsky committed suicide in his apartment in February 1930. More than one hundred and fifty thousand people thronged the Moscow streets to attend his funeral. (Source)


Pro eto, 1923, JPG. Design by Rodchenko.
Dlya golosa, 1923, PDF, PDF. Design by Lissitzky.
Rabochim Kurska, [1924-7], PDF. Design by Rozhkov; unpublished.

(in Russian unless noted otherwise)

Books and pamphlets[edit]

  • Ya! [Я!], Moscow: G.L. Kuzmin & S.D. Dolinsky, [1913].
  • Tragediya [Трагедия], Moscow: Tip. I.N. Gryzunov i K., 1914, 44 pp, PDF.
  • Prostoe kak mychanie [Простое как мычание], [Moscow]: Parus, 1916, 116 pp, PDF.
  • Voyna i mir [Война и мир], [Moscow]: Parus, 1917, 48 pp.
  • Misteriya-Buff [Мистерия-Буфф], [Moscow]: Svoboda, 1918, 78 pp.
  • 150 000 000, 1920.
  • Lyublyu [Люблю], Moscow: VCHUTEMAS, 1922, 47 pp.
  • Pro eto [Про это], Moscow and Petrograd: Gos. sots.-ekon. izd-vo, 1923, 43 pp.
  • Dlya golosa [Для голоса; For the Voice], Berlin: R.S.F.S.R. Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel’stvo, 1923, 61 pp, PDF. A collection of 13 poems by Mayakovsky, "constructed" by Lissitzky, printed in 3000 copies by Lutze & Vogt, Berlin. [1]
  • Solntse: Poema [Солнце: Поэма], Moscow: Krug, 1923, [32] pp.
  • Rabochim Kurska [Рабочим Курска], [1924-7]. Design by Yuri Rozhkov (Юрий Рожков); unpublished. [2] [3]
  • Solntse v gostyach u Mayakovskogo [Солнце в гостях у Маяковского], New York: New World Press, 1925, 8 pp.
  • Sergeyu Eseninu [Сергею Есенину], Tiflis: Zakkniga, 1926, 15 pp.
  • Kak delat stikhi?, Moscow: Ogonek, 1927, 53 pp.
  • Kon-ogon [Конь-огонь], 1927. Children's book.
  • Prochti i katay v Parizh i v Kitay [Прочти и катай в Париж и в Китай], 1927. Children's book.
  • Transcripts of 28 books (torrent)
LEF 1 (1923), PDF, HTML.


  • with Osip Brik, LEF, 7 numbers, Moscow: Gosizdat, 1923-25.
  • with Sergei Tretyakov, Novyi LEF, 24 numbers, Moscow: Gosizdat, 1927-28.

Contributions in collections[edit]

Selected works and translations[edit]


Audio recordings[edit]

  • Chitaet pyat stichotvoreniy [читает пять стихотворений]. All currently known voice recordings of Mayakovsky: "Gimn sude" [Гимн Судье]; "A vy mogli by?.." [А вы могли бы?..]; "Neobychaynoe priklyuchenie" [Необычайное приключение]; "Poslushayte!" [Послушайте!]; "Voenno-morskaya lyubov" [Военно-морская любовь]. 1920, Petrograd, Institut Zhivogo Slova [Институт Живого Слова]. ZIP.
  • http://www.ubu.com/sound/mai.html


Kruchenykh, LEF agitki Mayakovskogo, Aseeva, Tretyakova, 1925, JPG, PDF.
Cover of Jakobson, Svyatopol-Mirskiy, Smert Vladimira Mayakovskogo, 1930. Photo by László Moholy-Nagy.
Kamensky, Yunost Mayakovskogo, 1931.
  • A.E. Kruchenykh (А.Е. Крученых), LEF agitki Mayakovskogo, Aseeva, Tretyakova [ЛЕФ агитки Маяковского, Асеева, Третьякова], Moscow: Izd. Vseros. soyuza poetov, 1925, 61 pp, PDF. (Russian)
  • Roman Jakobson, "O pokolenii, rastrativshem svoich poetov", in Jakobson, D. Svyatopol-Mirskiy, Smert Vladimira Mayakovskogo [Смерть Владимира Маяковского], Berlin: Petropolis, 1930. (Russian)
    • "Von einer Generation, die ihre Dichter vergeudethat", Slavische Rundschau 2 (1930), pp 481—495. (German)
    • "La génération qui a gaspillé ses poètes", in Questions de poétique, ed. Tzvetan Todorov, Paris: Seuil, 1973, pp 73—101. (French)
    • "On a Generation that Squandered Its Poets", in Major Soviet Writers: Essays in Criticism, ed. E. J. Brown, Oxford University Press, 1973, pp 7—32. (English)
    • El caso Maiakovski, trans. M.ª Angels Margarit, Icaria, 1977, 94 pp. (Spanish)
    • Una generazione che ha dissipato i suoi poeti. Il problema Majakovskij, Edizioni SE, 2004, 79 pp. (Italian)
    • A geração que esbanjou seus poetas, trans. Sonia Regina Martins Gonçalves, Cosac Naify, 2006, 96 pp. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Vasily Kamensky (Василий Каменский), Yunost Mayakovskogo [Юность Маяковского], [Tiflis]: Zakkniga, [1931], 84 pp. (Russian)


  • Vasiliy Kamenskiy (Василий Каменский), Yunost Mayakovskogo (otryvok) [Юность Маяковского (отрывок)]. MP3.

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