5 March 1933
Mikhail Bulgakov completed his novel “Moliere”
This book was ordered to the writer for the series “The Life of Remarkable People” in the summer of 1932. By that time, Bulgakov had already finished a play about Moliere “The Cabal of Hyppocrites” and it was allowed for staging. Yet work on a biographical novel required new in-depth studies from the author. On April 9, 1932 Bulgakov received a negative review of his novel from the publisher - the writer was criticized for his “non-Marxist position”. The most interesting fact is that Bulgakov's novel was published in “The Life of Remarkable People” series, but only 29 years after it was written, in 1962, under the title “Life of Monsieur de Moliere”. The author of the title was the writer's wife, who was preparing the novel for publication in 1956, but at that time, the book was not published.