Nikolai Erdman

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Birthday
16, 1900
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Aug 10, 1970 (69)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
16, 1900
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Aug 10, 1970 (69)

About

Remembered for his 1928 play The Suicide, this Soviet writer also penned a 1924 dramatic work titled The Mandate, as well as the screenplay for the 1928 silent movie The House on Trubnaya. Also a poet, he published a 1922 verse collection titled Self-Portrait.

Before Fame

He published his first poem at the age of nineteen. Five years later, he began his long-term collaboration with stage director, producer, and actor Vsevolod Meyerhold.

Trivia

Much of his work was censored and banned by the Soviet government.

Family Life

Natives of Moscow, Russia (then the Soviet Union), he and his theatrical set designer brother, Boris Erdman, were of Baltic German descent.

Associated With

Erdman's work was influenced by the satirical plays of Nikolai Gogol and in turn influenced the post-war absurdist movement in Russian dramatic literature.