The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell, Volume 2: The Public Years 1914-1970

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This long-awaited second volume of Russell's best letters reveals the inner workings of a philosophical genius and an impassioned campaigner for peace and social reform. The letters, only three of which have been published before, cover most of Russell's adult life, a period in which he wrote over thirty books, including his famous History of Western Philosophy. Richly illustrated with photographs from Russell's life, the collection includes letters to Ho Chi Minh, Tito, Jawaharlal Nehru and Albert Einstein.

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'These are not mere selection of letters; they are letters expertly chosen and brillantly annotated, with a running commentary situating each one in the complex circumstances of Russell's life...nothing else written about Russell's life, including recent biographies, comes near it in value...a remarkable document about a remarkable life.' - Literary Review, April 2001

'Pray silence for the sage of Plas Penrhyn - possibly the most celebrated English intellectual of the 20th century. At times one feels that if Russell had not existed, Nancy Mitford or Evelyn Waugh would have had to invent him.' - The Times

With the publication of the second volume of The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell, Nicholas Griffin has completed a work of impressive scholarship. - Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies

George Scialabba
Nicholas Griffin has done a superb job of introducing and annotating the letters, producing not merely a collection but an "epistolary biography," with much narrative momentum and few loose threads.
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Economist
Anybody who reads this splendid and revealing selection of letters will soon feel that he knows Russell.Nicholas Griffin completes a two-volume epistolary biography unrivalled for its scholarship in the over-populated world of Russell studies.
Alan Ryan
Nicholas Griffin comes as close as anyone could do to being the ideal sifter and sorter of Russell's epistolary legacy.a considerable feat.It is good to have such a credible picture of Russell.
Times Literary Supplement
Noel Malcolm
...the most useful and accessible introduction to Russell's life that any reader could possibly wish for...There is righteous indignation as well as impish humour in these letters, but no wilful deception or malice; and that is why, even when his beliefs and behaviour verge on the absurd, these letters convey such a powerful sense of the overwhelming likeability of the man.
Sunday Telegraph
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