Autograph letter signed, about Nihilism and Socialism, Harrow-on-the-Hill, May 19th 1886.: ... Autograph letter signed, about Nihilism and Socialism, Harrow-on-the-Hill, May 19th 1886.: ...

Autograph letter signed, about Nihilism and Socialism, Harrow-on-the-Hill, May 19th 1886.

KROPOTKIN, Peter Alekseevich

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An interesting three-page letter by Prince Kropotkin (1842-1921), whom Oscar Wilde famously described as having 'the soul of a beautiful white Christ'. In 1881, soon after the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II, Kropotkin was expelled from Switzerland by the Swiss government, and after a short stay in alpine France went to London, where he remained for nearly a year, returning to France towards the end of 1882. Thereupon he was arrested by the French police, and sentenced by a magistrate (under a special law passed on the fall of the Paris Commune) to five years' imprisonment on the ground that he had belonged to the International Workingmen's Association. In 1886, as a result of lobbying on his behalf in the French parliament, he was released early and went back to England, where he became friends with William Morris, G.B. Shaw, Edward Carpenter and other prominent socialists. In this letter to an unidentified correspondent, written from 17, Boxborough Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill (North London), Kropotkin writes: '. it would be most difficult, if not impossible, adequately to deal with the history of Socialism in one lecture . as to Nihilism, so many things are usually thrown under this name in West Europe that the lecture would become a discussion about what ignorant newspaper people are guessing Nihilism to be - a most disappointing review for those who would expect to have a theory of wholesale destruction without aim or purpose to be dealt with'. In the end, Kropotkin concludes that 'a plain explanation of the tendencies of the anti-authoritative school of Socialism' would be the most interesting kind of lecture 'both for the higher educated and general public'. The wording of the letter doesn't make it entirely clear, however, whether the lecture in question is one that Kropotkin himself will be giving, or whether he's giving advice to another speaker. Approximately 220 words in legible ink on three sides of folded notepaper (each side 180mm x 114mm), signed 'Yours very truly, P. Kropotkin'. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-13442805086

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