Letter to the State Publishers, October 21, 1920

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Written on a letter from Gorky saying that the State Publishing House had ordered: = 1) Two books from Remezov in Switzerland: Fabre, The Life of Insects; Klein, Wonders of the World. Twenty thousand copies of each. = 2) Biographies of musicians and artists, and cut-out alphabets, from Brodsky in Stockholm, Total value of the contract: 1,200,000 gold rubles.


1) The first is amateurish. Klein is a good book, more are needed.

2) The second (Brodsky). An unnecessary and untimely undertaking.

A. I. Rykov has been informed of a number of the worst mistakes, etc.