Post of Serbia issued a set of three stamps within the "Art" series. The stamps commemorate 150 years since the birth of Branislav Nusic, 200 years since the birth of Mikhail Lermontov and 450 years from the birth of William Shakespeare.
Branislav Nusic (Belgrade, 20th October 1864 – Belgrade, 19th January 1938) was a comedy writer, playwright, novelist, essayist and founder of modern rhetoric in Serbia and outstanding amateur photographer. He also worked as a journalist and a diplomat. Renowned for his remarkable humour, he wrote about people and their characters. Apart from his name, he published under the alias Ben Akiba, and his most popular works were as follows: dramas: It Had to Be This Way, High Seas, Rental Fee; comedies: Favoritism, The World, A Trip Around the World, The Cabinet Minister's Wife, The Parliamentarian, Mister Dollar, Bereaved Family, The Deceased, A Suspect Individual, Doctor, Authority (unfinished); novels: County's Child, Hajducs, 915th, Autobiography; short stories: Political Rival, Eulogy, Class, Tales of a Corporal; tragedies: Knez Ivo of Semberia, Hadzi-Loya, Foundling.
Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (Moscow, October 3 1814 – Pyatigorsk, July 15 1841) was a Russian Romantic writer and poet, known as "the poet of the Caucasus". He wrote a lot of poetry under the influence of Pushkin and Byron. He also took interest in Russian history and medieval epics, which was reflected in The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov, his long poem Borodino and a series of popular ballads. His doomed love for Varvara Lopukhina was recorded in his unfinished novel Princess Ligovskaya. In 1839 he wrote his only novel, A Hero of Our Time, which practically predicted a duel in which Lermontov lost his life.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was the greatest writer and dramatist in the English language. His extant works, including some collaborations consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets and few poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed around the world more often than those of any other playwright. His most famous comedies are Midsummer Night’s Dream and The merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, tragedies are Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King, Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Tempest; historical dramas: King Richard II, King John, King Henry IV, King Henry V, King Henry VIII; songs: Sonnets, Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Passionate pilgrim.