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The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1914 - 1944
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1914 - 1944 Author:Bertrand Russell It is hard to imagine any reader of the first volume of the Autobiography of Bertrand Russell who did not ask himself, as he came to the final page, What happened next? Here is the answer, and it proves to be as remarkable as one would expect. As before, Lord Russell writes with that extraordinary candor, even about the most private aspects of... more » his life, that made the earlier volume an international best-seller, and one of the most-discussed books of the year.
He resumes his story with the outbreak of the First World War, when he was forty-three years old, a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, separated from his wife, caught up in a love affair with Lady Ottoline Morrell, and a dedicated opponent of the war.
What follows is a richly complex chronicle, alternating between public and private concerns. He tells of his ousting from Trinity College, his imprisonment as a pacifist, of his travels after World War I to the new state of Soviet Russia and to China. He tells too of his first divorce, the end of one love affair, and the beginning of another, then of its end; of his subsequent remarriages, and birth of the children he so greatly desired. He tells in fascinating detail of his "brief and hectic" acquaintance with D. H. Lawrence, and his friendships with Ludwig Wittgenstein, Albert Einstein and T. S. Eliot.
He writes of politics and parties; of the experimental school he founded with his second wife; of the financial difficulties which led him to write a series of popular books; and finally of his scandalous misadventures as a teacher in America. Some of the latter episodes have elements of high comedy, none more so than when Russell was teaching at the Barnes Foundation outside Philadelphia. He closes the story in 1944 when, with his third wife, he returned to England and the Second World War.
The pleasure and value of this second volume are enhanced by the inclusion of letters from D. H. Lawrence, George Santayana, George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, T. S. Eliot, and others of Lord Russell's friends.« less