Harold Joseph Laski - Two Essays

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Manuscript essays by Harold J. Laski entitled 'A Note on John Morley' and 'A Defence of the Provincial'

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Manchester on 30 June 1893, Harold Joseph Laski was a British socialist political and economic theorist, author and lecturer. He met and married Frida nee Kerry in 1911 and they had a daughter Diana born in 1916. Laski attended Manchester Grammar School and went on to study at New College, Oxford graduating in 1914. After completing his degree he moved to America and was employed as a lecturer at McGill University (1914-1916). He then became a lecturer at Harvard University (1916-1920 and Yale University (1919-1920). He returned to England in 1920 and was employed as a lecturer at the London School of Economics where he rose to become a professor of political science. On returning to England he became involved with the Labour Party and served as chairman during 1945 and 1946. His intellectual approach was inspired by Marxist theory and his convictions led to conflicts with the Labour Party leaders and a decline in his influence after 1946. He died at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on 24 March 1950.

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Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

The item was purchased from an individual who acquired the item from Sanctuary Books, 790 Madison Av. Suite 604, New York, NY 10065 in early 2015.

Related Material

Papers of Harold Laski (and Frida Laski), 1910-1969 [U DLA]

Papers of Granville Eastwood relating to Harold Laski, 1922-1977 [U DES]

Also various miscellaneous items relating to Laski at the following references: U DCL/2/10; U DCL/100/12; U DNO/6/19; U DPM/4/49; U DSF/1/32; U DSF/2/4; U DSF/5/8; U DSH/1/7; U DX84/31; U DX241; U DX262; U DX268; U DX320; U DX327; U LIB/2/66; U DP173; U DPB/15/1/3; U DP217.