Merton writes to Aleksei Surkov concerning the expulsion of Boris Pasternak from the Soviet Writers' Union for his negative portrayal of the brutality of the Soviet regime in its early years in his book Dr. Zhivago.
Aleksei Surkov was a poet from the U.S.S.R. and the General Secretary of the Soviet Writers' Union.
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See also the "Giroux, Robert" file, Series 10, for a signed copy of Merton's letter to Surkov; and see also one published letter from Merton to Surkov in The Courage for Truth, pp. 93-95.
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||TL[x] from Merton
||I am writing this letter to you today as a sincere friend of literature wherever it may be found,
|| [see also the "Giroux, Robert" file, Series 10, for a signed copy of this letter]