V. I.   Lenin


Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XII. Sent from Berne to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 317.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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January 4, 1915

Dear Colleague,

I received your letter yesterday and sent a telegram “consens”—agreed. However sad it is that the editors struck out everything about socialism and tactics (without which Marx is not Marx), I had to agree all the same, because your argument (“absolutely impossible”) could not be gainsaid.[1]

I shall be very grateful if you send me a proof, or drop me a postcard about when it could be expected. By the way, is there still time for some corrections to the section on dialectics? Perhaps you will be so kind as to let me know when it is being sent for setting, and what the deadline is for corrections. It is a question I have been working on these last six weeks, and I think I could add something if there is still time.

Then I would like to offer my services to the editors of the dictionary, if there are still any unallotted articles in the volumes to be published. I am now in exceptionally good conditions as regards German and French libraries, to which I have access in Berne—and in exceptionally bad conditions as regards literary work in general. Therefore I would be very glad to take on articles on questions of political economy, politics, the labour movement, philosophy, etc. My wife has written on education, as N. Krupskaya, in Russkaya Shkola and Svobodnoye Vospitaniye,[2] and has made a particular study of the question of the “Labour School” and the old pedagogical classics. She would be glad to undertake articles on these questions.

At your service,
V. Ulyanov

Wl. Uljanow. Distelweg. 11. Bern.


[1] The telegram was in reply to Granat Publishers, who had informed Lenin that his article “Karl Marx (A Brief Biographical Sketch with an Exposition of Marxism)”, written for, their Encyclopaedic Dictionary, had to be abridged. The abridged article, signed V. Ilyin, appeared in Vol. 28 of the Dictionary. The full text was published in 1925 (see present edition, Vol. 21, pp. 43–91).

[2] Russkaya Shkola (Russian School)—a pedagogical journal for teachers and parents published and edited by Y. Gurevich from 1890 to 1918. Its No. 7–8 for 1911 carried N. K. Krupskaya’s article “Co-education”.

Svobodnoye Vospitaniye (Liberal Education)—a pedagogical monthly edited by I. Gorbunov-Posadov from 1907 to 1918. It carried a number of Krupskaya’s articles on questions of teaching and co-education.

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