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A Life of Bertrand Russell

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Published November 1st 1996 by Free Press
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Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a challenge it must be writing a biography of Russell. The biographer needs to write well, have a feeling for the subject and, in this case, understand both Russell's work, and Wittgenstein's and be abel to explain it to a lay audience. Ray Monk rises to this challenge. The book is fascinating and Monk crisp, clear prose is superb. I didn't understand why the biography ends where it does - not with Russell's death, but with the birth of his son but, apart from that, an excellent read.
The only virtue of this biography is if you want the story of Bertrand Russell short and sweet. If you want a through treatment of Russell then read Monks two volume work on the subject. I don't understand why he wrote this at all.
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Ray Monk is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton, where he has taught since 1992.

He won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 1991 Duff Cooper Prize for Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. His interests lie in the philosophy of mathematics, the history of analytic philosophy, and philosophical aspects of biographical writing. He is currently working on a b
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