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Lot #196
Vladimir Lenin: Nadezhda Krupskaya

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Wife (1869-1939) of Vladimir Lenin who served as Deputy People's Commissar for Education from 1929 to 1939. ALS in Cyrillic, signed “Communist greetings, N. Krupskaya,” one page, 5.25 x 7.5, February 17, 1937. Letter to Comrade Tikhonov, in full (translated): "I have received your letter and the issues of Za Gramotnost [Yes to Literacy] newspaper you have sent. I liked that the newspaper tries to interest semi-literate readers in political matters, and to expand their horizons. This constitutes good reading material. Students' letters, on the other hand, look too much alike, as if they were dictated by the teachers—all follow the same pattern. If left to their own devices, students will likely express similar thoughts, but present them in a different manner. It is important for students to write on their own—and not just about their studies. Newspapers should periodically include articles that stimulate students to express their opinion. Overall though, your little newspaper is quite good." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, which is an official Enlightenment Commissariat cover featuring Krupskaya's preprinted name.

While Krupskaya wielded limited political power, she exercised considerable influence in the affairs of the Enlightenment Commissariat, especially concerning adult education and support for public libraries. Krupskaya also wrote regularly on the topic of children's education, promoting the thesis that investing in education and indoctrination of the youth greatly benefited Soviet society. The letter is rather typical of her views.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #589 - Ended August 12, 2020

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