Original ms for 'Love, Freedom and Society', by John Middleton Murry, published 1957
Scope and Contents
As well as sections on D. H. Lawrence and Albert Schweitzer, the ms also includes a set of politically based conclusions entitled 'A political epilogue' which was omitted from the final publication. These conclusions were replaced with the chapter 'Christianity and tragedy' which is also present in the ms.
Letter of provenance is also contained within the collection, notes about the ms, and the original folder that used to contain the ms.
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Biographical / Historical
In the 1920s, Murry's interests shifted from literature to religious philosophy, and in the 1930s he converted to Marxism and then moved politically towards pacifism. His writing of the period reflected these shifts in interest.
John Middleton Murry died 12 March 1957. That year too saw the publication of his Love, Freedom and Society about the thought of his friend D. H. Lawrence. This work was believed by Murry to be his greatest.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Original ms for 'Love, Freedom and Society', by John Middleton Murry, published 1957