Tag: Holly Case

The only people who cared about literature were the KGB

Cornell historian Holly Case has a fascinating piece in The Chronicle Review¬†on Stalin as editor. Reminds me of that George Steiner line that the only people in the 20th century who cared about literature were the KGB. Here are some excerpts. But read the whole thing. Joseph Djugashvili was a student in a theological seminary when he came across the writings of Vladimir Lenin and decided to become a Bolshevik revolutionary. Thereafter, in addition to blowing things up, robbing banks, and organizing strikes, he became an editor, working at two papers in Baku and then as editor of the first Bolshevik daily, Pravda. Lenin admired Djugashvili’s editing; Djugashvili admired Lenin, and rejected 47 articles he submitted to Pravda. Djugashvili (later […]