Quotation by Vladimir Nabokov

If in the opinion of the Tsars authors were to be the servants of the state, in the opinion of the radical critics writers were to be the servants of the masses. The two lines of thought were bound to meet and join forces when at last, in our times, a new kind of regime the synthesis of a Hegelian triad, combined the idea of the masses with the idea of the state.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lectures on Russian Literature, ch. I (1981).

Of pre- and post-revolutionary Russian censorship.
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