Goldman, Emma to Dreiser, Theodore, Jun 29, 1927

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(1869 - 1940) ~ Russian-American Mother of Anarcho-Communism : She is an Anarchist, pure and simple. She represents the idea of Anarchism as framed by Josiah Warren, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tolstoy. Yet she also understands the psychologic causes which induce a Caserio, a Vaillant, a Bresci, a Berkman, or a Czolgosz to commit deeds of violence. (From : Hippolyte Havel Bio.)
• "The political superstition is still holding sway over the hearts and minds of the masses, but the true lovers of liberty will have no more to do with it." (From : "Anarchism: What It Really Stands For," by Emma Go....)
• "Patriotism is inexorable and, like all insatiable monsters, demands all or nothing. It does not admit that a soldier is also a human being, who has a right to his own feelings and opinions, his own inclinations and ideas." (From : Patriotism, A Menace to Liberty," by Emma Goldman,....)
• "Man's greatest battles have been waged against man-made obstacles and artificial handicaps imposed upon him to paralyze his growth and development. Human thought has always been falsified by tradition and custom, and perverted false education in the interests of those who held power and enjoyed privileges." (From : "The Place of the Individual in Society," by Emma ....)


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Goldman, Emma to Dreiser, Theodore, Jun 29, 1927

This letter appears in Anarchy Archives with the permission of the Emma Goldman Papers Project, U.C. Berkeley.

16. letter: Goldman, Emma to Dreiser, Theodore, Jun 29, 1927

Return address:
683 Spadina Ave.,
Toronto, Ont.

Delivery address:
200 West 57th St.,
New York, N.Y.

Dear Theodore Dreiser:-

They say that confession is good for the heart so I am going to confess to you that I was very disappointed and sad not having heard from you since we parted in Paris. I knew of course that you must be very busy, still I had hoped that you would drop me a line as to you success in approaching the publishers but you did not write so I concluded that you must have forgotten me. Imagine then the joy when I received a letter which you wrote to my friend Van Valkenburgh expressing such rine sentiment about my proposed autobiography and also enclosing your contribution to the fund that is not being raised.

I am not going to indulge in a lot of conventional phrases to convey my appreciation and gratitude. I hope when the memoirs will be written that you will feel rewarded for your interest and your friendship. I am hoping that other people will follow your fine example and that I may soon see my way of really starting to write.

I am not in the least surprised that six publishers refused to extend an advance on something which they were not able to see. I had expected as much. Frankly I am satisfied that no one has consented. I should have felt terribly bound and handicapped. Now when the time comes for me to begin the work I will feel free to write when the spirit moves me and not because I am driven. Thanks very much just the same for your efforts.

Is there any hope of you drifting towards Canada this summer. I should very much like to see you. Do come on a visit. Toronto is really very beautiful now and you will find a few people here who think much of you and your work and would be delighted to meet you.

Hoping that I might hear from you when you have time.



Emma Goldman

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