Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky

Poems in this Collection

And Could You?/А вы могли бы?
The Fop's Blouse/Кофта фата
From Street to Street/ Из улицы в улицу
Lilichka!/ Лиличка!
To His Beloved Self the Author Dedicates These Lines/Себе, любимому...
An Extraordinary Adventure/Необычайное приключение...

Timeline for V. V. Mayakovsky


Mayakovsky's propaganda poster for ROSTA (the Russian State Telegraph Authority)

Mayakovsky memorial in Moscow

Born in Bagdadi, Georgia

Moves to Moscow

Joins Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Party

His third arrest leads to imprisonment at the Butyrki Prison for six months

Enters Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture

Meets David Burliuk, organizer of the budetlanye and whom Mayakovsky calls, in his autobiography, "my real teacher."

Futurist manifesto Slap in the Face of Public Taste is published, containing Mayakovsky's first two published poems: "Night" and "Morning."

Mayakovsky and Futurists in their modish costumes travel through the provinces spreading the good word about the avant-garde.

Mayakovsky's first collection appears

Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy staged in Moscow

Mayakovsky writes "And Could You"

Meets Lily and Osip Brik, begins affair with Lily which lasts until 1928

Writes and publishes Cloud in Trousers and Backbone Flute, in which Lily Brik plays the femme fatale

Writes and publishes War and Peace

Writes "To His Beloved Self "

Founds Left Front of Art with Osip Brik

Stages Mystery Bouffe, directed by Meyerhold (see right)

Writes and publishes lyric "Being Good to Horses"

Begins work on newspaper Art of the Commune

Writes narrative of revolution 150,000,000

Begins creating propaganda posters for Rosta, the Russian State Telegraph Agency (see left)

Publishes 150,000,000

Writes and publishes "About That," a love poem dedicated to Lily Brik (see right)

Begins journal Lef with Brik, Aseev, Arvatov, Tretyakov, and Rodchenko

Writes and publishes Vladimir Ilych Lenin

Lef goes under

Travels to the United States, visiting New York, Chicago, and Detroit, writes and publishes Verses about America including the epic "Brooklyn Bridge." Also travels to Mexico

Writes and publishes Talking with the Taxman about Poetry, a critique of Soviet philistinism, the result of the New Economic Policy

Lef is reborn as Novyi lef with a new concentration on documentary art and the "literature of the fact"

Stages The Bedbug

First published collected works appear in Moscow

Joins RAPP, the association of proletarian writers that came to dominate art in the 1930s.

Writes "At the Top of my Voice"

Stages The Bathhouse

Has reading interrupted by students, he is shouted off the stage

Commits suicide April 14. Funeral Procession and ceremony draw 30,000 people, Tatlin designs the catafalque to bear Mayakovsky through Moscow streets.

Stalin sanctifies Mayakovsky as poet of revolution, Triumphal Square renamed Mayakovsky Square (see left)

Published volume of Lily Brik's and Mayakovsky's correspondence appears


Mayakovsky's sketch for the priest in Mystery Bouffe

Cover for collection Pro Eto (About That). Lili

Links to other Mayakovsky sites

Excellent online exhibit of Mayakovsky-related images presented by HOWARD SCHICKLER FINE ART (English)
Mayakovsky.com: 15+ poems in translation (unattributed), writings on cinema (English), numerous images
Biographical information on Mayakovsky (English)
Short Mayakovsky biography. From SovLit.com. (English)
Excerpts from entry on Mayakovsky in V. Terras' Handbook of Russian Literature (English)
A Slap in the Face of Public Taste. Manifesto by Mayakovaky, Khlebnikov, Burliuk, and Kruchenykh (English)
A description of Mayakovsky's last reading (see above) and the text of his suicide note (Russian)
Mayakovsky at Friends & Partners. 5+ poems in translation. 250+ poems in Russian. Short biography in Russian
Portraits of Mayakovsky from the Rodchenko exhibit at MoMA (English)
Excellent entry on Mayakovsky from MegaBook.ru (www.km.ru) (Russian)
Entry on Mayakovsky from Encyclopedia of Film at MegaBook.ru (www.km.ru) (Russian)
"Class notes" on Mayakovsky's lyrics