First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 447.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 5, 1920
Some time ago it happened that I talked with Comrade Lunacharsky about the necessity of publishing a good dictionary of the Russian language. Not like Dahl, but a dictionary for use (and study) by all, a dictionary, so to speak, of the classical, contemporary Russian language (for example, from Pushkin to Gorky, perhaps). Provide about 30 scholars, or as many as are needed, with rations, taking, of course, those who are not suitable for any other work—and let them do the job.
Lunacharsky said that he had been thinking about this already, and that it was either being done or would be done.
Be so kind as to find out whether it is being done, and drop me a line.
 See Letter 234.—Ed.
 See Note 240.