"Clark's Fatuous Book"

  • Edith Russell


Edith Russell had already written the lives of Carey Thomas and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt when she married Bertrand Russell in 1952. She preserved his files as no one before had, and took a great interest in his earlier years as she did in his current campaigns and family. When Clark’s Life appeared in 1975, she reacted strongly to it. She wrote three drafts of her comments, each draft more extensive, and including information only she would have, such as Russell’s views on personal matters, even his habits of dress. This unabridged excerpt goes to the end of Chapter 7 (about 1912).

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