Bertrand Russell Biography


(Critical Guide to Censorship and Literature)

Blackwell, Kenneth, and Harry Ruja et al. A Bibliography of Bertrand Russell. 3 vols. London: Routledge, 1994. Lists more than sixty books and three thousand articles.

Clark, Ronald W. The Life of Bertrand Russell. London: Jonathan Cape, 1975. Clark enjoyed the full assistance of Countess Edith Finch Russell as well as full access to the Russell archive at McMaster University.

Dejnozka, Jan. Bertrand Russell on Modality and Logical Relevance. Avebury Series on Philosophy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999. This work presents a criticism and interpretation of modality and logical relevance in the work of Bertrand Russell. Includes index.

Grayling, A. C. Russell. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. An excellent general introduction by a professional philosopher, emphasizing Russell’s work in mathematics and philosophy.

Irvine, A. D., ed. Bertrand Russell: Critical Assessments. London: Routledge, 1999. This book critically examines the life and work of Russell, including his philosophy.

Landini, Gregory. Russell’s Hidden Substitutional Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. This work takes a closer look at one of Russell’s logical theories. Includes index.

Monk, Ray. Bertrand Russell. 2 vols. New York: The Free Press, 1996-2001. Monk’s two-volume life of Russell—volume 1 is subtitled The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 and volume 2 is subtitled The Ghost of Madness, 1921-1970—enjoyed the best access to the Russell archive and the help of John Slater’s great personal collection and knowledge of Russell’s works. It is a very balanced account, much respected by Russell scholars.

Monk, Ray. Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude. London: J. Cape, 1996. This biography of Russell examines the philosopher’s life and works. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Monk, Ray. Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness 1921-1970. London: Jonathon Cape, 2001. Volume 2 of Monk’s thorough biography, covering the troubled mature years of the philosopher.

Monk, Ray, and Anthony Palmer, eds. Bertrand Russell and the Origins of Analytical Philosophy. Bristol, England: Thoemmes Press, 1996. This collection of essays looks at Bertrand Russell and analytical philosophy. Includes bibliographical references.

Pampapathy Rao, A. Understanding Principia and Tractatus: Russell and Wittgenstein Revisited. San Francisco: International Scholars Publications, 1998. This work compares the philosophies and beliefs of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Russell.

Slater, John. Bertrand Russell. Bristol, England: Thoemmes Press, 1994. Scholars agree that Slater’s knowledge of Russell’s work “approaches omniscience.” Sympathetic to Russell’s work, it provides a comprehensive short account of it.