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Galina E. Propolyanis
Galina E. Propolyanis, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sсience, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.
V.F. Khodasevich noted that Gorky had “amazing” memory. This memory and also a wide range of reading, and the constant pursuit of new knowledge made the writer an encyclopedist of his era. Many famous people of that time spoke about him like this: N.N. Burdenko, K.I. Chukovsky, K.A. Trenev, P.D. Korin. Gorky’s encyclopedism was especially evident in his editorial work on the magazine “Our Achievements”, in the implementation of projects on “The History of factories and plants”, “World History”, “World Literature”, the series “Poet’s Library”, “The History of a young man”. Ultimately Gorky directed all his knowledge and strength to educational work, trying to awaken in people the desire to open new horizons, to encourage them to improve themselves and the world around them.
Keywords: Gorky, educational work, “World Literature” publishing house, magazine “Our Achievements”, literature.