Moscow-Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, 1928. Octavo (19.8 × 13.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 95,  pp. Light wear and soiling to wrappers, especially to lower spine extremity; overall still about very good.
A collection of reminiscences by “women workers and peasants” about Vladimir Lenin, edited by prominent Russian-Jewish revolutionary Liudmila Stal’ (pseudonym of Leia Frominovna Zaslavskaia; 1872–1939). The texts cover the period from the first Russian Revolution of 1905 until Lenin’s death in 1924. Rather than emphasize the work of a single author, the book is an attempt at “collective authorship” with most of the recollections taken from previously published speeches and interviews, and a handful of recollections gathered by Stal’ especially for the book. Daughter of a factory owner, Stal’ broke with her family and joined the RSDRP (Russian Socialist-Democratic Labor Party) in 1898. Stal’ spent the years 1907–1917 in exile in Europe and was a close friend of Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya, with whom she worked on education and agitation among the Russian workers abroad. Some of the reminiscences of these workers are presented in this text. After the Bolshevik Revolution, Stal’ headed the department of mass literature for women workers and peasants at the State Publishing House and was the editor of the women’s magazine “Komunistka” at the time of the publication of the present volume. One of the most active Bolshevik women along with Nadezhda Krupskaya, Inessa Armand, and Alexandra Kollontai, Stal’ remains comparatively understudied, even as she was rumored to have had connections with Stalin and to have edited his writings. Publisher catalog to rear wrapper. Photomontage wrappers unattributed.
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Book ID: 51408