Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) is known to many as a painter. His paintings, of which there are thousands around the world, explore the mythic origins, the natural beauty, and the spiritual strivings of humanity and of the world. But Nicholas Roerich was as prolific a writer as he was a painter. He wrote many articles, books, poetry, and almost-daily essays on life and events, which he called ‘diary leaves’.
Many of these writings have been unavailable for decades. They will therefore be new to many readers. It is our hope that volumes of the Nicholas Roerich: Collected Writings series will expand awareness of the vast range and depth of Roerich’s interests and insights into human nature and cultural history.