GORKY, MAXIM (ALEKSEI MAKSIMOVICH PESHKOV). 1868-1936.
Photograph signed ("Maxim Gorky" [in Cyrillic]) 280 x 235 mm, some creases affecting surface.
VERY RARE PRE-REVOLUTIONARY PHOTOGRAPH INSCRIBED IN INK TO SASHA CHORNY: In translation: "To Aleksander Mikhailovich Glikberg, Maxim Gorky, as a keepsake. I am very glad that we met. Capri July 8, 1912. "A.M. Glikberg first used the pseudonym "Sasha Chorny" in 1905, after returning from his honeymoon in Italy. From 1906 to 1913, Maxim Gorky lived in Capri, both for his health and to escape the repressive Tsarist government. He at first embraced the October Revolution of 1917 but quickly lost faith in the Bolsheviks, particularly in the way they treated intellectuals. He called Lenin a tyrant. In 1921, under the excuse of ill health, he went back into self-exile in Italy. It was not until 1932 that he returned to Russia for good through the personal invitation of Josef Stalin.