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.
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).
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