Russell`s autobiography - "The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell" is said to be the finest autobiography in the world`s history. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950. This British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political activist is considered one of the founders of analytical philosophy. Not only the glorious praise of life, Russell has also written the dark side of his life in his autobiography. He fell in love with poetry because of his fascination for the woman`s body. He got introduced with Milton, Byron and Shelley at the age of sixteen. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, born on 18 May 1872 into an influential and liberal family of the British aristocracy, lived a long life of 90 years.
Russel`s grandfather Lord John Russell became England`s Prime Minister twice. He lost both of his parents at the age of only five. His own married life was eventful. In 1894, he married Alys Pearsall Smith at the age of only 22. They got divorced after 17 years. Dora Black was his second wife. This marriage sustained for 14 years. He married Patricia Spence in 1935 and this one is not the last. Russel married his fourth and last wife Edith Finch when he was 80.
Russell`s interest in mathematics was intense since childhood. He was a tremendous thinker. Speaking about an experience of his 16-year-old age, he said that he had a lot of interest in traveling alone. While seeing sunset he wanted to commit suicide. But he did not commit it, because the desire for his knowledge about mathematics was incomplete. In the last paragraph of his autobiography, he acknowledged the failures of his life as his own achievement. At the end of his autobiography, written in 1969, he termed society of that time as dangerous.
Russel was a surprising exception, considering the competition that can be seen in the never ending urge of becoming famous in today`s world with little knowledge. He is also the author of all the famous books. `The Principles of Mathematics`, `A History of Western Philosophy`, `The Conquest of Happiness`, `Marriage and Morals`, `Why I Am Not a Christian` are notable among his creation.
Russell led the rebellion against British idealism in the early 1900`s. He was a renowned anti-war personality and believed in free trade among the nations. He also possessed anti-imperialistic ideology. Russell was imprisoned during the First World War to campaign for his non-violent doctrine. He campaigned against Hitler, criticized America`s participation in Vietnam War, and had always been vocal for nuclear disarmament.
Today, on his 147th birth anniversary, we remember Bertrand Russel with great reverence.
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