Love, anarchy, and Emma Goldman

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9780030436260: Love, anarchy, and Emma Goldman

Candace Falk's biography captures Goldman's colorful life as a social and labor reformer, revolutionary, anarchist, feminist, agitator for free love and free speech, and advocate of birth control. And it gives the reader a rare glimpse into Goldman as a woman, alone, searching for the intimacy of a love relationship to match her radiant social vision. Falk explores the clash between Goldman's public vision and private life, focusing on her intimate relationship with Ben Reitman, Chicago's celebrated social reformer, hobo king, and red-light district gynecologist. During this passionate and stormy relationship, Goldman lectured in public about free love and women's independence, while in private she struggled with intense jealousy and longed for the comfort of a secure relationship. Falk's account draws upon a serendipitous discovery of a cache of intimate letters between Goldman and Reitman. Falk then goes beyond Goldman's ten-year relationship with Reitman, following Goldman's inner passions through her years of exile and later life. Written with a literary sensitivity, Falk tells a riveting story, consistently placing Goldman in the context of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century radicalism.

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Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman was listed among the New York Times' Most Notable Biographies.

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Candice Falk, 1998 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, is the director and editor of the Emma Goldman Papers, a collaborative documentary editing project of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and the University of California, Berkeley, and a recipient of the Kanner Prize for the Best Bibliographical Work in Women's and Gender History.

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