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An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth

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October 9, 2012 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 464 Pages | ISBN 9781619020214
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"This anthology provides an exceptional presentation of early 20th-century anarchist ideas." —Library Journal

In Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth, Peter Glassgold brings to the page political activist and anarchist Emma Goldman’s most radical contribution, Mother Earth, a monthly journal about social science and literature. Glassgold has compiled Mother Earth’s most provocative articles, with thematic categories ranging from “The Woman Question” to “The Social War” and features a diverse selection of writers, such as Leo Tolstoy, Margaret Sanger, Peter Kropotkin, and Alexander Berkman.

Mother Earth was published from 1906 to 1918, when birth control, the labor movement, sexual freedom, and the arts where common subjects. The supporters of the journal helped form what was the “radical left” in the United States at the turn of the century. Goldman was imprisoned and ultimately deported to her native Russia. This new edition includes the transcripts from the trial and the summations of both Alexander Berkman and Goldman.

With a new preface by the editor, this book offers historical grounding to many of our contemporary political movements, from libertarianism to the Occupy! actions. Anarchy! provides unprecedented access to Goldman’s beliefs, offering insight to the political activism that existed at the time.

PETER GLASSGOLD has worked extensively in the field of translation, and from 1970 to 2005, he was an editor at New Directions. He lives in upstate New York.


“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 [Mother Earth] publication. This anthology provides an exceptional presentation of early 20th-century anarchist ideas. For all academic and larger public library collections.” —Library Journal

“In Anarchy!: An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth, Peter Glassgold culls early 20th-century radical gems from the “Monthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature”… Scholars and progressives will be pleased to find these luminaries of the ‘Lyrical Left.'” —Publishers Weekly

“It is wonderful to have this collection of pieces from the days when anarchism was an ism – and so heady a brew that the government had to resort to illegal repression to squelch it. What’s more, it is still a heady brew today.” —Kirpatrick Sale, author of Dwellers in the Land

“What a marvelous sampling of the complex and vibrant political culture of the anarchist circle drawn together in Emma Goldman’s magazine – Mother Earth – celebrating those who put themselves at risk, who, from the margins, heralded the cause of freedom across the globe … Sure to become a classic.” —Candice Falk, Editor/Director of The Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley

“Peter Glassgold has judiciously sifted out hundreds of pages of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth, written a luminous introduction that places them in context, added commentary that guides the readers with a light hand through the topical parts to individual pieces, and then rounded off this labor of love with a reader—friendly analytical index that is a treasure in itself.” —Richard Drinnon, author of Rebel in Paradise: A Biography of Emma Goldman

“Peter Glassgold has done a great service to the activist spirit by returning to print Mother Earth’s often stirring, always illuminating essays.” —Alis Kates Shulman, author of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

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