At Leningrad the notorious "imagist poet," Sergei Yessenin, onetime husband of famed danseuse Isadora Duncan, slashed his wrists with the gesture of suiciding Roman Caesars and hanged himself.
Comments upon M. Yessenin attributed to Mlle. Duncan in despatches—
On first meeting him: "He is the greatest poet since Pushkin."
During his courtship: "He is the greatest genius since Edgar Allan Poe."
At the time of their marriage in 1922: "Sergei is a man of spirit and a lofty soul. ... He is my in- spiration."...