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THREE ESSAYS on Anarchism

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Charlotte Wilson was the principal founder of Freedom Press, and the first editor of the anarchist newspaper Freedom, in 1886. She had been writing about anarchism in the socialist press since 1884, and like the work of her better-known contemporary Peter Kropotkin, whom she invited to England to join the Freedom group, her anarchist writings are scholarly, original, thoughtful and clear. 3 short essays, together with a historical and biographical note by Nicolas Walter.
This volume of three essays, edited by the late Nicolas Walter, is an important addition to the body of anarchist works originating from the turn of the century period that boasts such thinkers as Kropotkin, Elisée Reclus, etc. In it Wilson, thoughtfully and clearly rephrases some key ideas about authority, property, work, etc. Charlotte Wilson was an important figure in introducing anarchist-communist ideas to a British audience. Together with Peter Kropotkin she founded Freedom in 1886 – and was its primary editor and publisher for over eight years. She was also involved in establishing anarchist discussion groups in London and encouraging other local groups, and was an active lecturer and debater. Interestingly, she was the model for characters in a number of political novels, including A Girl Among the Anarchists and John Henry Mackay’s The Anarchists where she is most commonly described as a “little woman dressed becomingly in black.”

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Charlotte Wilson was the principal founder of Freedom Press, and the first editor of the anarchist newspaper Freedom, in 1886. She had been writing about anarchism in the socialist press since 1884, and like the work of her better-known contemporary Peter Kropotkin, whom she invited to England to join the Freedom group, her anarchist writings are scholarly, original, thoughtful and clear. 3 short essays, together with a historical and biographical note by Nicolas Walter. This volume of three essays, edited by the late Nicolas Walter, is an important addition to the body of anarchist works originating from the turn of the century period that boasts such thinkers as Kropotkin, Elisée Reclus, etc. In it Wilson, thoughtfully and clearly rephrases some key ideas about authority, property, work, etc. Charlotte Wilson was an important figure in introducing anarchist-communist ideas to a British audience. Together with Peter Kropotkin she founded Freedom in 1886 – and was its primary editor and publisher for over eight years. She was also involved in establishing anarchist discussion groups in London and encouraging other local groups, and was an active lecturer and debater. Interestingly, she was the model for characters in a number of political novels, including A Girl Among the Anarchists and John Henry Mackay’s The Anarchists where she is most commonly described as a “little woman dressed becomingly in black.”