RUSSIA: Engineers v. Classics

Five hundred poets and prose writers in 80 Soviet languages and dialects were welcomed to Moscow last week by unromantic Josef Stalin as "engineers of the human soul." Soon walrus-mustached Maxim Gorky opened the First All-Union Congress of Soviet Writers with a speech recommending study of the Russian classics. The Soviet Press, however, firmly declared with Dictator Stalin that the purpose of the Congress is "to apply scientific methods to the creation of literature."

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