By James R. Boylan
After they fell in love amid the tumult of the 1905 Russian revolution, they believed they have been destiny's fit: William English Walling, a prosperous American journalist activist from the Midwest, and Anna Strunsky, an aspiring novelist from San Francisco. Vowing to commit themselves to socialist beliefs, they quickly turned celebrities who moved in an elite circle of writers, reporters, and reformers. eventually, either their marriage and their political dedication faltered, yet no longer sooner than they'd participated in one of the most pressing social explanations in their day. Boylan enriches our realizing of the highbrow and cultural history of prewar socialism via skillfully tracing the interaction among inner most and public lives. even as, he illuminates the fight of these who have been born Victorians to regulate to the altering public enviornment of the trendy international.
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Their first conversation was clearly more extensive than a how-do-you-do. The air of excitementa sense of circling and appraising each othercan be inferred in the letter he wrote a few days later: "My dear Miss Strunsky," he began. "Seems as if I have known you for an ageyou and your Mr. " She had identified herself as a writer, for he offered, in his role as "economic man," to tell her how to sell writing to "the silent sullen peoples who run the magazines," a paraphrase from "The White Man's Burden," by Rudyard Kipling, his favorite poet.
Delivered to the Bay Area's Karl Marx Club in August 1897, the lecture already contains her characteristic blend of slightly ostentatious learning and fervent emotion. More substantially, she enunciated a standard for her own life-to-be, no doubt with little inkling of how hard it would be for her to meet it: "Goethe called the matter of personal relations 'the little world' and the question of work 'the larger world,' and he claimed that the little world is the heart of the larger world, for indeed the two problems are most closely interrelated.
To Fight Treason" 235 41. "Such a Shifting and Shaking Down" 242 42. "First Year of the New World" 246 43. "My Aid Has Been Repeatedly Sought" 251 Eight Divergence, 19201964 44. "Seeing Yourself in My Place" 259 45. "A State of Coma" 263 46. "Do Not Be Afraid to Die Away from Home" 267 47. "Poor, Dear English" 269 48. "Dreams Assail Me" 271 Acknowledgments 275 Notes 277 Index 327 Illustrations follow page 160 Page 1 INTRODUCTION "THIS ASPIRING AND QUESTING WORLD" In the years before the Great War, William English Walling and Anna Strunsky were among the most glorious of the American left's Beautiful People: "millionaire Socialists," rivaled only by the Lincolnesque James Graham Phelps Stokes and his immigrant journalist bride, Rose Pastor.
Revolutionary lives: Anna Strunsky & William English Walling by James R. Boylan