Bertrand Russell by Caroline Moorehead
A Life

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The definitive biography of the controversial Nobel Prize-winning philosopher, mathematician, anti-war activist, and "free love" advocate. Moorehead makes use of unpublished letters and papers and many new interviews to fashion an incisive biography of this contradictory man. Photos.
 

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Published September 28, 1992 by Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd. 572 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In his personal relationships, Russell appears here as a man trapped in the prison of self, manipulating, draining, and exhausting his many lovers, as well as his family, friends, and colleagues: He had, as one longtime sufferer put it, ``an inevitable way of hurting one.'' Russell's personal inv...

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In this brilliant, highly entertaining biography, the most intimate portrait of Russell (1872-1970) to date, Moorehead ( Freya Stark ) gives full play to the contradictory strains of the austere philo

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The Independent

If you think - I do - that from first to last what makes Russell interesting is the dazzling intellect, the clarity of thought and the fearlessness with which he tackled every issue he encountered, you will wish there was less Garsington and more about Russell's analysis of Marxism or nuclear dis...

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The Independent

A host of such episodes are narrated in telling detail by Moorehead, whose crowded book must come close to being the last word on Russell the man, if not the philosopher.

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London Review of Books

In his obituary of Whitehead in Mind he claimed that the effort of producing PM ‘was so severe that at the end we both turned aside from mathematical logic with a kind of nausea.’ Furthermore, ‘it was … inevitable that we should turn aside in different directions, so that collaboration was no lon...

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