Lenin's letter to Gorky
Dear A. M.,
We shall shortly send you the resolutions of the Conference. We have finally succeeded—in spite of the liquidationist scoundrels—in reviving the Party and its Central Committee. I hope you will be as glad of this as we are.
Won’t you write a May Day leaflet for us? Or a little leaflet in a similar May Day spirit? Quite a short one, a “heart-warmer”, what do you say? Think of old times, remember 1905, and put down a couple of words, if you have the mind to write. There are two or three illegal printing-presses in Russia, and the Central Committee will republish it, probably, in several tens of thousands of copies. It would be a good thing to gel a revolutionary manifesto like the Tales in Zvezda. I am very, very glad that you are helping Zvezda. We are having a devilish hard job with it—internal and external and financial difficulties are immense—but still we are managing so far.
All the best,
P.S. And Sovremennik has had the sense to die, after all! That was a good deed on its part.
- Reference is to the resolutions passed by the Sixth (Prague) All-Russia Conference of the R.S.D.L.P. of 1912. The resolutions and “Announcement” concerning the Conference were published in booklet form in Paris in February 1912 by the C.C. of the R.S.D.L.P.
- an opportunist trend in the R.S.D.L.P. that emerged in the period of reaction following the defeat of the 1905– 07 revolution. The liquidators demanded liquidation of the illegal revolutionary party of the working class and tried to subordinate the working-class movement to bourgeois interests. The Sixth (Prague) All-Russia Conference of the R.S.D.L.P. expelled the liquidators from the Party.
- Zvezda (The Star)—legal Bolshevik newspaper (December 1910– May 5, 1912). In 1911 and 1912 it published seven stories by Gorky from his Tales of Italy series.
- Sovremennik (The Contemporary)—literary and political monthly published in St. Petersburg from 1911 to 1915. It was a rallying point for Menshevik liquidators, Socialist-Revolutionaries, Popular Socialists and Left-wing liberals.