Significantly, the selected canon of works admissible under the umbrella of Socialist Realism had, all along, to achieve any literary credibility, to be extended to include works from doubtful categories. These include works written before the term had been invented: Gorky’s Mother (which dates from 1906); and works from the 1920s, held up as models for what Socialist Realism should be: Serafimovich’s The Iron Flood (1924) and Fadeev’s The Rout (1927) were two examples. Also exalted in this way were works which in fact had a historical (rather than a contemporary) setting, such as Valentin Kataev’s A White Sail Gleams (published in 1936, but set in the 1905 period) and Aleksei Tolstoy’s Peter the First (1929-45, set much further back in the past). Among other officially favoured examples of works patently not fitting strictly the tenets of Socialist Realism (though they can be interpreted, given the will, as ideologically sound enough to pass muster), but of sufficient literary quality to constitute prestigious inclusions, we might mention the poetry of Maiakovsky (once he was safely dead), Sholokhov’s The Quiet Don, and the early novels of Leonid Leonov. The later novels of Leonov are regarded, by some critics at least, as among the few relatively successful Socialist Realist novels, although he was at pains, through his somewhat barren later years, to revise his earlier works – more, rather than less, in the fashion of Socialist Realism.
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