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Anarchist, political orator, drama critic, theorist of revolution, advocate of birth control and free love, Emma Goldman claimed her life was woven of many "skeins." Laboring in the service of her "beautiful ideal" - anarchism, a vision of human communities free of the restraints and ills of government - she advocated just as tirelessly for the freedom to love and know beauty. This condensation of her two-volume autobiography takes her from her birthplace in czarist Russia to the socialist enclaves of Manhattan's...
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1977-10-01 Paperback Good Spine creasing, some damage to back cover; Radical thinker and writer Emma Goldman presents her life story and memories in Living My Life, first ... published in 1931. Originally two volumes, it is published here as a combined edition. From her arrival in New York as a 20-year-old seamstress, when she immediately launched into a life of activism and public agitation, she recalls her childhood in Lithuania, her immigration to the U.S. as a teenager, and her wild adventures as an independent and intelligent woman. An important and influential figure in such far-flung geopolitical events as the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War, Goldman is one of the most storied people of the 20th century. And her story, in her own inimitable words, is one of the great biographies, and one of the great personal histories of a turbulent era. Read more Show Less

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Anarchist, political orator, drama critic, theorist of revolution, advocate of birth control and free love, Emma Goldman claimed her life was woven of many "skeins." Laboring in the service of her "beautiful ideal" - anarchism, a vision of human communities free of the restraints and ills of government - she advocated just as tirelessly for the freedom to love and know beauty. This condensation of her two-volume autobiography takes her from her birthplace in czarist Russia to the socialist enclaves of Manhattan's Lower East Side. Against a backdrop of political argument, show trials, imprisonment, and tempestuous romances, Goldman chronicles the tumultuous Progressive Era and offers fascinating firsthand impressions of Lenin, Trotsky, Kropotkin, Jack London, and many other radicals of the period. An account of ideological ferment, Living My Life stands as a testament to a turbulent time and a clarion call to something forgotten in our own.
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This Penguin Classics edition combines Goldman's two-volume autobiography into a single unit. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780452006690
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Series: American Biography Series
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Emma Goldman (1869–1940) came to America from Russia when she was sixteen. As a political activist, publisher, lecturer, and writer, she was a central figure in the radical social movements of her age.

Miriam Brody has written biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Victoria Woodhull.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Required Reading For Those on a Socratic Quest

    Truth pursued not possessed....Emma Goldman was the epitome of a Socratic student! The courage that flowed through her blood like water down a river has inspired me to seek to be the best, most outspoken voice challenging authority and the cheap suits that have the audacity to call themselves our 'leaders' in Washington, DC. Once you read Emma Goldman's autobiography you'll never look at mainstream propaganda history books again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    emma goldman is my hero(ine)

    Emma Goldman was a fierce revolutionary and compassionate humanitarian. She spent every moment of her adult life fighting for 'the people,' all the while appreciating the 'finer' things in life such as literature, music, and theatre. She was a fascinating woman who led the underground activist movement for many years. She was hated and feared by many and adored by many as well. You must read this fascinating book to better understand one of the most intriguing personalities this world has ever seen.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Great memoir

    Even abridged, Emma Goldman's memoir of life in the American anarchist movement at the turn of the century is a great read. The stories of her time in post-revolution Soviet Russia alone are worth the price. A must-read for anyone interested in the period.

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