Maxim Gorki

Russian author, 1868-1936

Alexei Maximovich Peshkov, known as Maxim Gorky, was a founder of the socialist realism literary method, political activist and five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Prior to his renown as an author, he frequently changed jobs and roamed across the Russian Empire; these experiences would later influence his writing. Active in the emerging Marxist social-democratic movement, Gorky opposed the Tsarist regime, and for a time closely associated himself with Vladimir Lenin. For a significant part of his life, he was exiled from Russia and later the Soviet Union. In 1932, he returned to the USSR on Joseph Stalin's personal invitation.

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Gorky, Maxim

d. i. Alexei Maximowitsch Peschkow, Schriftsteller (1868-1936). Typed letter signed ("M. Gorky"). no place, Oct. 28, 1921 (28.X. 21 is written at lower left). Folio. 1 page. Onion skin paper.
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To "Dear Sirs" saying "the most valuable treasure of humanity is its intellectual force, its scientific experiment [...] and the most precious men in the world are the men of science [...]". He calls attention to the desperate plight of Russian scientists who are literally dying of hunger because the Soviet Government has no money and cannot pay them for their work. He pleads for flour, grain, beans, fats and sugar and asks for help in printing the works of Russian scientists, since there is no paper or technical means in Russia.

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