V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written November 8, 1910
Published: First published in 1938 in Lenin Miscellany XXV. Sent from Paris to St. Petersburg. Printed from a typewritten copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 258b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2005). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.

Dear V. D.,

I received today more news about the new literary child[1] but, surprisingly, not a word from you. What does this mean? I am extremely worried about the fate of the child. They write, for instance, that they fear the material sent is out of date. This worries me greatly. I insist most categorically that everything sent in should be published (with corrections owing to “unforeseen circumstances” if need be). This is after all a matter of principle, a matter of policy. We have no information as yet on this question, we are depending on you, and you are silent. This is impossible. A few lines from you once or twice a week is the minimum necessary to maintain contact and to feel closer to things. To make matters worse, there are letters from, the “discontented” (I received a long letter today from one of them—I daresay you can guess from whom). And so I beg you: write, write more often and in greater detail.

Warmest regards to V. M.


[1] A reference to preparations for the publication of the newspaper Zvezda (Star) in St. Petersburg. It came out from December 16 (29),   1910, to April 22 (May 5), 1912. Its successor was Nevskaya Zvezda (The Neva Star), started because of frequent confiscations of Zvezda. The last issue of Nevskaya Zvezda came out on October 5 (18), 1912. The Editorial Board of Zvezda originally consisted of V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich, N. I. Jordansky (a Plekhanovite) and I. P. Pokrovsky (a representative of the Social-Democratic group in the Third Duma, a Bolshevik sympathiser). The publisher was Duma deputy N. G. Poletayev, a Bolshevik.

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