Emma Goldman

Goldman (1869-1940), the Russian-American anarchist, was one of the most renowned radicals of the early twentieth century. The editor of the journal Mother Earth, she was well-known for her fiery speeches, and had a strong influence on Ishill, who often heard her speak in New York soon after he arrived in the United States.


Voltairine De Cleyre, by Emma Goldman. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Oriole Press, 1932. Copy no. 44.

Garamond and Cochin types; printed in black and orange; 50 copies on Nuremberg mould- made; boards with buckram spine; 5.25 x 8 inches; 42 p.

In this essay, Emma Goldman portrays her contemporary and comrade Voltairine de Cleyre as a determined fighter who, following a brief flirtation with socialism, embraced anarchism as a result of the Haymarket Tragedy. De Cleyre, a native of Michigan, studied at the Convent of Our Lady of Lake Huron in Sarnia, Ontario. Sent there by her father against her own wishes and those of her mother, she developed a headstrong personality, going so far as to attempt an escape from the convent. Following her embrace of anarchism, Goldman tells us, "de Cleyre used her powerful pen and her great mastery of speech in behalf of the ideal which had come to mean to her the only raison d'être of her life."


Photo Of Emma Goldman. 1929.


Emma Goldman - A Challenging Rebel, by Joseph Ishill. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Oriole Press, 1957.

Kennerley type; printed in four colors; orange gold-flecked wrappers; 5.25 x 8 inches; 31 p.

This lengthy essay was first published in Yiddish in the journal Freie Arbeiter Stimme (Free Voice of Labor). It is published here for the first time in its original form.


Emma Goldman: Speech Delivered At Her Funeral, Chicago, May 17th, 1940, by Harry Weinberger. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Oriole Press, 1940.

Bodoni Book type; 500 copies on ash- white Arak paper; wrappers; 4 x 6 inches; 6 p. [Printed for the author.]

Born to a Jewish family in Lithuania in 1869, Goldman emigrated to the United States in 1885, where she spent the bulk of her life lecturing and agitating for anarchist causes. Like many others, she turned to radicalism in response to the Haymarket Tragedy. Working first as a ladies' garment worker, and then as editor and publisher of the extremely successful journal Mother Earth, Goldman became one of the most influential speakers for the radical cause. In 1917 Goldman and her longtime companion, the anarchist Alexander Berkman, were imprisoned for their outspoken opposition to World War I. Upon their release from prison in 1919, they were deported, and left for Russia. Her initial enthusiasm changed when she discovered the reality of Lenin's police state, and she and Berkman left Russia to arouse the world against Communist persecution of dissenters. She died while in Canada, attempting to assist the Spanish anarchist refugees. This eulogy, reprinted by Ishill, was delivered by her longtime lawyer Harry Weinberger.


"Emma Goldman," New York Times editorial. 1940.

Printed by Ishill.



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