Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

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Author/Editor: Berkman, Alexander, and Pateman, Barry, Dr. (Introduction by), and Moran, Jessica (Introduction by)
Publisher: AK Press
Date: 2017
Binding: Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 550 p. Audience: General/trade.
Condition: USED - Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and minimal edge wear.

In 1892, Alexander Berkman tried to assassinate Henry Clay Frick for the latter's role in violently suppressing the Homestead Steel Strike. Berkman's attempt was unsuccessful. Berkman spent the next fourteen years in Pennsylvania's Western Penitentiary. Upon release, he wrote what was to become a classic of prison literature, and a profound testament to human courage in the face of oppression.

This new edition of his account of those years is introduced and fully annotated by Barry Pateman and Jessica Moran, both former associate editors of the Emma Goldman Papers at the University of California Berkeley. Their efforts make this the definitive version of Berkman's tale of his transformation within prison, his growing sympathy for those he'd considered social parasites, and the intimate relationships he developed with them. Also includes never-before-published facsimile reprints and transcriptions of the diary Berkman kept while he wrote this book, conveying the difficulties he had reliving his experiences.