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Bell (Thomas Hastie) Correspondence
mssHM 37562-37616, 41995-42118, 42277-42350  
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Description
A collection of correspondence related to the life and work of American author Thomas Hastie Bell; also includes a small amount of manuscripts, documents, and ephemera.
Background
Thomas Hastie Bell (1867-1942) was an American author who was associated with a number of important literary and political figures during his lifetime. He was an anarchist by political conviction, having come to that position through socialist thought which for Bell did not adequately provide for the maintenance of personal liberties. Bell denounced the Bolsheviks from the beginning of the Russian Revolution for their suppression of personal freedom and their doctrinaire approach to politics. Bell served as secretary to the publisher and editor Frank Harris for about seven years early in the 20th century and, during that time, he came to know many of the important literary figures of the day. Bell's books include: Edward Carpenter, the English Tolstoi (1932), and Oscar Wilde Without Whitewash. His book on Oscar Wilde was never published in English but was published in Buenos Aires with the title Oscar Wilde: Sus Amigos, Sus Adversaries, Sus Ideas (1946).
Extent
4.68 Linear Feet (4 boxes) 255 items
Restrictions
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