By Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell continues to be one of many maximum philosophers and most complicated and arguable figures of the 20th century. right here, during this frank, funny and decidedly captivating autobiography, Russell deals readers the tale of his existence – introducing the folks, occasions and affects that formed the fellow he was once to turn into. initially released in 3 volumes within the past due Sixties, Autobiography via Bertrand Russell is a revealing recollection of a really notable existence written with the bright freshness and readability that has made Bertrand Russell’s writings so distinctively his own.
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I know it now’, I replied. ’ she said, turning to my Aunt Maude. Somehow or other, as in this incident, my best eﬀorts always went astray. Once when I was about twelve years old, she had me before a roomful of visitors, and asked me whether I had read a whole string of books on popular science which she enumerated. I had read none of them. ’ She was an eighteenth-century type, rationalistic and unimaginative, keen on enlightenment, and contemptuous of Victorian goody-goody priggery. She was one of the principal people concerned in the foundation of Girton College, and her portrait hangs in Girton Hall, but her policies were abandoned at her death.
I ﬁnd the recollection of my sexual preoccupation in adolescence unpleasant. I do not like to remember how I felt in those years, but I will do my best to relate things as they were and not as I could wish them to have been. The facts of sex ﬁrst became known to me when I was twelve years old, through a boy named Ernest Logan who had been one of my kindergarten companions at an earlier age. He and I slept in the same room one night, and he explained the nature of 28 the autobiography of bertrand russell copulation and its part in the generation of children, illustrating his remarks by funny stories.
8, Chesham Place, where my governess stormed at me while I endeavoured to learn the multiplication table but was continually impeded by tears. My grandmother took a house in London for some months when I was seven years old, and it was then that I began to see more of my mother’s family. My mother’s father was dead, but my mother’s mother, Lady Stanley of Alderley, lived in a large house, No 40, Dover Street,3 with her daughter Maude. I was frequently taken to lunch with her, and though the food was delicious, the pleasure was doubtful, as she had a caustic tongue, and spared neither age nor sex.
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