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Maxim Gorky (born Alexei Peshkov, 1868-1936) achieved acclaim for searing autobiographical fiction (The Lower Depths, 1902) that revealed the seamy side of Russian life. Long active in politics and staunchly anti-tsarist, he spent a good part of his life abroad, including after the Bolshevik Revolution, when he dissented with the new regime, and yet was lionized by it. Convinced by Stalin to return to the USSR in 1932, he was coopted to serve the dictator’s ends, and helped found Socialist Realism.