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Bertrand Russell Autograph Letter Signed on the Barnes Foundation (January 18, 1941)

Russell joins The Barnes Foundation, where he assembled A History of Western Philosophy

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Russell joins The Barnes Foundation, where he assembled A History of Western Philosophy

ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, January 18, 1941. Handwritten letter to Dr. Ludwik Silberstein, in part: "Your letter of Nov. 13 remained so long unanswered because my abode was still uncertain. Now it is as above, about 25 miles west of Philadelphia. I have a 5-years' job at The Barnes Foundation, of which the main purpose is to teach art, but Dr. Barnes has made a new department in my case. The work is light & altogether agreeable, so I am in luck. My family & I have just moved into this house, which we are gradually furnishing; in about a month from now we ought to be really established. From then on I shall be delighted to see you if you are in this neighbourhood. The railways station is Paoli." Silberstein notes the dates of receipt and reply in the upper right. In fine condition.

In 1940, Russell signed a five-year contract to lecture on philosophy at The Barnes Foundation, a private arts institution in Philadelphia. Though he made it just three years before being dismissed over personality conflicts with Albert C. Barnes, the lectures from this period formed the basis of his best-selling book A History of Western Philosophy. The success of the work contributed to Russell's receipt of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature and provided financial security for the rest of his life.

From the collection of physicist Ludwik Siberstein.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Einstein Archives of Ludwik Silberstein
  • Dates: #609 - Ended May 20, 2021