Marina Tsvetaeva, born in Moscow in 1892, was one of the most renowned poets of 20th-century Russia. Tsvetaeva’s life coincided with the most turbulent years in Russian history. She left Russia in 1922 with her two children and her husband. In 1925 the family settled in Paris where they lived in poverty. In 1939 Tsvetaeva returned to the Soviet Union. Following the execution of her husband and the arrest of her daughter, she hanged herself on August 31, 1941.