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The Prospects of Industrial Civilization, in collaboration with Dora Russell.
London, Allen & Unwin. 1923. - First edition; 8vo; original cloth boards. Presentation copy from Bertrand Russell to Lady Ottoline Morrell, inscribed 'O. from B.' Russell met Morrell in 1911 and they began a long affair, as the passion in their relationship waned she became a lifelong confidante. During the First World War, Russell engaged in pacifist activities, with the support of Ottoline and her husband the MP Philip Morrell. In 1916 Russell was convicted under the Defence of the Realm Act and he lost his fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was later imprisoned in Brixton for six months. Garsington, the famous home of the Morrells harboured many intellectuals, artists and writers and became a centre for them and particularly Russell to organise and protest against the war. The friendship between Russell and Ottoline was profoundly important to her and Morrell's biographer, Miranda Seymour, thought it to be 'of more importance than any other'. In 1920 Russell travelled to Russia as part of an official delegation sent by the British government to investigate the effects of the Russian Revolution. Russell's lover Dora Black also visited Russia independently at the same time - she was enthusiastic about the revolution, but Russell's experiences destroyed his previous tentative support for it. This book was the result of their attempt to examine and understand these opposite conclusions. Very good, very slight spotting to the edges of the text block. Notes and references made by Morrell to the rear endpapers, and marks in the text, including a correction of Russell's English in the fourth line of the Preface.
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