Vladimir Mayakovsky

Vladimir Mayakovsky

Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a Russian Soviet poet, playwright, artist and author. His first published poems appeared in the Russian Futurist manifesto, A Slap in the Face of Public Taste, signed by Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Burliuk, and Kruchenykh.  

Though he regularly showed support for the Communist Party and Lenin in his work, his relationship with the Soviet state was complex and he frequently confronted the cultural censors with satirical poems like "Talking with the Taxman about Poetry" (1926) and his stage works the Bedbug and the Bathhouse.

He committed suicide in 1930. He was buried at Novodevichy Cemetery.