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The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell, Volume 1: The Private Years 1884-1914: Private Years 1884-1914 Vol 1 [Paperback]

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22 Aug 2002 Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell (Book 1)
Those who knew the famous philosopher Bertrand Russell at the turn of the century referred to him as 'the Day of Judgement'. This acclaimed selection of his early letters, available in paperback for the first time, reveals the full scope of Russell's life and innermost thoughts up to the First World War. It includes letters to his first wife, Alys Pearsall Smith, reveals the background to his now famous work in philosophy and the foundations of mathematics and how his mind was stirred by socialism, free trade and votes for women. It also contains letters on his famous affair with Ottoline Morrell, providing yet another insight into one of the great intellectual figures of the twentieth century.

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (22 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415260140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415260145
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,702,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Philosopher, mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist, Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1950 for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his "rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West."

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'These letters will be an invaluable addition to the literature about [Bertrand Russell]. This paperback edition is most welcome.' Contemporary Review

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The earliest of Russell's letters to have survived are three to his brother, Frank, written in 1884, the third of which is printed below. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a fascinating character 15 Feb 2013
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This volume contains a selection of letters written by Bertrand Russell as a young man. He comes over as very much a red-blooded male. He had numerous affairs throughout his life. Was married four times. I think all his marriages were what would be termed 'open', virtually unconstrained by having a wife. How they managed to put up with his various affairs never ceases to amaze me. There are also many letters of a more serious nature. All of them fascinating in their own way. Nicholas Griffin's editing is superb, with many additional background notes which help to put more meat on the bones.
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