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

By Emma Goldman (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.)
• "It is the private dominion over things that condemns millions of people to be mere nonentities, living corpses without originality or power of initiative, human machines of flesh and blood, who pile up mountains of wealth for others and pay for it with a gray, dull and wretched existence for themselves." (From: "What I Believe," by Emma Goldman, New York World,....)
• "...slavery of any kind, compulsion under any form, must break down, and from which freedom, full and unlimited freedom, for all and from all must come." (From: "Anarchy Defended By Anarchists," by Emma Goldman ....)
• "...it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think." (From: "Anarchism: What It Really Stands For," by Emma Go....)


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

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

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683 Spadina Ave.,
Toronto, Ont.

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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.

Gratefully,

G/R

Emma Goldman

(Source: Emma Goldman Papers Project, U.C. Berkeley.)

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