In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays.

RUSSELL Bertrand (1935.)


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Second impression. 8vo. 231, [1] pp. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge in blue, fore edge untrimmed, dust jacket (some light spotting to endpapers and edges of text block; light wear to extremities, faint scuffing to spine panel, notwithstanding a very good example of the scarce dust jacket). London, George Allen & Unwin.

A diverse collection of fifteen essays, chiefly politically themed, the majority of which appeared here for the first time, weaving between 'The Ancestry of Fascism' and 'The Case for Socialism' on the one hand and 'Useless Knowledge' and 'What is the Soul?' on the other. The title essay is a notably early presentation of the argument in favour of reduced workings hours, highlighting the obsolescence of the belief that work and labour are virtuous, organising principles of society.

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