Skip to product information
1 of 1

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

by Alexander Berkman, introduction by John William Ward

Regular price $24.95
Regular price $0.00 Sale price $24.95

In 1892, Alexander Berkman, Russian émigré, anarchist, and lover of Emma Goldman, attempted to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The act was intended both as retribution for the massacre of workers in the Homestead strike and as an incitement to revolution. Captured and sentenced to serve a prison term of twenty-two years, Berkman struggled to make sense of the shadowy and brutalized world of the prison—one that hardly conformed to revolutionary Alexander Berkman, introduction by John William Ward

Additional Book Information

Series: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 9780940322349
Pages: 500
Publication Date:


Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist is above all else the story of the education of one man....[We] watch Berkman become humanized, tolerant, able to sympathize with the most diverse and antagonistic individuals....No other book discusses so frankly the criminal ways of the closed prison society, its homosexuality or extortion. No other political prisoner even remotely approaches Berkman's sympathy for what most of the revolutionaries refer to contemptuously as common criminals.
— Kenneth Rexroth

Alexander Berkman is one of the lost heroes of American radicalism, a rare pure voice of rebellion.
— Howard Zinn

View full details
  • Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a New York Review Books Gift Card.

    Gift Cards 
  • A membership for yourself or as a gift for a special reader will promise a year of good reading.

    Join NYRB Classics Book Club 
  • Is there a book that you’d like to see back in print, or that you think we should consider for one of our series? Let us know!

    Tell us about it