V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on August 2, 1921
Published: Published in full in 1932 in the second and third editions of Lenin’s Collected Works, Vol. XXIX. First published, but not in full, in 1924 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 516.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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August 2

Comrade Adoratsky,

I have looked through the introduction. It’s difficult to judge, because it’s unfinished. It looks as though it should be cut down, and expressed much more clearly, with closer attention to the formulations.[1]

The really outstanding quotations from the letters should be combined with other works of Marx and with Capital (for example, on the question of “equality” what matters most is in Capital[2]). If you take question x, then on this question there is so-and-so in the letters, so-and-so in other works of Marx, so-and-so in Capital.

I could only glance at the letters. Of course, you will still have to cut them clown considerably, link them up, arrange them properly; think over each one two or three times, and then briefly comment. Evidently there is more work involved than it seemed at first.

The chronological order (very likely you are right) is probably more convenient.

With communist greetings,

P.S. I am on holiday. Unwell. Can’t make appointments.

If you have finished the “textbook”, you should start pushing it.[3] Probably the quickest way is through M.\thinspaceN. Pokrovsky.


[1] Reference is to the introduction Adoratsky wrote for the book which Lenin had asked him to prepare, K. Marks i F. Engels. Pisma. Teoriya i politika v perepiske Marksa i Engelsa (Letters. Theory and Policy in the Correspondence of Marx and Engels). The book appeared in 1922.

[2] See Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. I, Moscow, 1972, pp. 65–66, 126–27.

[3] Adoratsky was preparing for the press the book Programma po osnovnym voprosam Marksizma (Programme on the Basic Problems of Marxism), published in 1922.

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