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Marina Tsvetaeva
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    (October 9, 1892-August 31, 1941)
    Wrote the poetry collections 'Evening Album (1910),' 'The Demesne of the Swans (1921),' 'Separation (1922),' 'Psyche (1922),' 'Craft (1923),' 'After Russia (1928)' and 'Verses to the Czech Republic (1939)'
    Committed suicide by hanging (1941)
    She chain smoked.
    Many family, friends and associates described her as having an eccentric, contradictory personality.
    She had many obsessive affairs with both men and women outside of her marriage.
    She was reportedly very abusive and resentful of her youngest daughter.
    She was unaware that both her husband and oldest daughter were spies for the Soviet secret police.
    She was ostracized by the Russian literary communities in western Europe and in Russia.
    Her mother hated her poems and purposely mocked and destroyed many of them.
    She could speak Italian, French, and German.
    Her youngest daughter died of starvation during the famine in Moscow and Marina was devastated, saying: 'God punished me.' (1920).
    She hated communism and fascism and criticized both in her poems.
    Many of her family members and friends were killed, exiled or arrested by the Soviet government.
    She was forced to live in exile in Europe for most of her life.
    She was driven to suicide by the stresses brought on to her by her son and by the Soviets.

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