In Anarchy!: An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth, Peter Glassgold (author of the novel Angel Max) culls early 20th-century radical gems from the "Monthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature." The magazine appeared from 1906 through 1917, when postal censorship interfered. Shortly thereafter, Goldman was imprisoned and then deported to Russia. The entries are divided into categories like "The Woman Question" and "The Social War"; the book features pieces by radical celebrities like Leo Tolstoy ("America and Russia"), Margaret Sanger and Maxim Gorky and by regular contributors such as Alexander Berkman (Mother Earth's primary editor) and Goldman herself ("The White Slave Traffic"). Scholars and progressives will be pleased to find these luminaries of the "Lyrical Left." Eight pages of photos and illus.
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Founded by Emma Goldman, Mother Earth magazine presented articles covering social, political, cultural, and historical issues from an anarchist perspective from 1906 to 1917, when it was stifled by wartime censorship. The journal also advocated action on such topics as women's rights, birth control, civil liberties, and social and economic justice. Glassgold (Angel Max) presents 95 articles, letters, poems, essays, stories, and other pieces from the journal. The articles are arranged in six sections covering anarchism, feminism, literature, civil liberties, social issues, and World War I and the Russian Revolution. Goldman, Max Baginski, Alexander Berkman, Margaret Sanger, Voltairine de Cleyre, Leo Tolstoy, and Eugene O'Neill are among the wide range of authors featured in this collection, which Glassgold opens with an excellent brief history of the publication. This anthology provides an exceptional presentation of early 20th-century anarchist ideas. For all academic and larger public library collections. Stephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH
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