To be returned to the General Dept., CC CPSU
Not for publication
B. Pasternak turned to me for advice on what he should do in connection with the proposal of the Norwegian publishers to receive money for the book "Doctor Zhivago."
…Pasternak would like to receive this money, a portion of which he intends to give to the Literary Fund "for the needs of elderly writers."
I think that Pasternak should refuse receipt of money from the Norwegian bank.
I am asking for permission to express this point of view.
April 16 1959
Boris Pasternak refused to receive the money from the Norwegian publishers. See the copy of his letter to the Copyright Directorate (attached).
August 17, 1959