AKHMATOVA, ANNA. 1889-1966.
Photograph Inscribed, albumen print mounted on card, 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, depicting the poet's writing table, inscribed in ink to her friend Natalya Leontevna Shengeli and dated on the verso, Moscow, December 29, 1963. Minor wear.
MOI STOL [MY TABLE]. A unique intimate glimpse at the legendary writer's work space for her friend, the wife of the Georgian avant-garde poet, Georgii Shengeli. The poet adds "Poema" in ink on a manuscript on the table for her masterpiece Poema bez geroya [Poem Without a Hero]. Although she began the lengthy poem in 1940 and finished a first draft in Tashkent in 1943, she continued to work on it until 1965. She had been denounced by Andrei Zhdanov, head of the Communist Party in Leningrad, in the infamous Party Resolution of the Central Committee of 1946, and was expelled from the Writers' Union. The poem was published only after death. She dedicated it to "the memory of its first audiencemy friends and fellow citizens who perished in Leningrad during the siege."