Presents in English for the first time one hundred essays and editorials by the radical Russian thinker Alexander Herzen (1812-1870). Herzen wrote most of these pieces for The Bell, a revolutionary newspaper he launched with the poet Nikolai Ogaryov in London in 1857.
Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), a memoirist, essayist, novelist, publisher, and editor, was one of the most influential figures in Russia's political, social, and economic debates from the 1840s until his death. Among his most important works are a novel, Who Is to Blame? (1846); a book of essays, From the Other Shore (1850); and his autobiography, My Past and Thoughts (1861). Kathleen Parthe is a professor of Russian and director of the Russian Studies Program at the University of Rochester. She is the author of Russian Village Prose: The Radiant Past (Northwestern, 1992) and Russia's Dangerous Texts: Politics Between the Lines (2004). Robert Harris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at New College, University of Oxford.