Proposal for An Emma Goldman Anthology: The Great American Person of Radical Letters, edited and introduced by Richard Kostelanetz

The only earlier anthology known to me, Alix Kates Schulman's Red Emma Speaks (Vintage, 1972), suffers from an inept title. Black is the color of anarchism; red belongs to Communism. Emma was an anarchist, a profound anarchist, who, were she alive, surely would have objected to Schulman's title which comes from an epithet foisted upon her by others. My selection would emphasize Goldman’s feminist writings, her pioneering critique from the anarchist left of Soviet Russia, and her literary excellences. It would include healthy chunks from My Disillusionment in Russia (1924), which was last reprinted in 1970; and My Further Disillusionment with Russia (1926). It would include essays never before reprinted, such as "Woman Without a Country." I might completely avoid selecting from Living My Life (1930), her renowned autobiography, which has long been in print.

I regard The Great American Person of Radical Letters as a companion to Gertrude Stein anthologies I have done. Whereas Stein is featured in literature courses, so Goldman belongs in sociology, feminism, and literary criticism courses. As before, I'm prepared to write a strong appreciative preface and to edit to whatever length the publisher determines, as long as my interpretation of Goldman as a black (not red) anarchist-feminist is respected. Publishers wishing to know more should please contact me. Thanks.