New York: Morther Earth Publishing Association, 1912. Item #433
8vo. 205 x 145 mm., (8 x 51/2 inches). , 512 pp. Frontispiece portrait of the author. Three quarter blue calf, cloth boards; joints cracked yet sound.
First edition. Published by Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth Publishing Association. “Berkman spent many years in prison for his  attempt on the life of Henry Clay Frick during the Homestead strike. The result is one of the best-known books on prison life” (Adams).
Berkman, an émigré from Russia, was a committed anarchist whose close relationship with Emma Goldman spanned decades and their partnership was instrumental in the struggle for unions and the power of the working classes against corporations and government. Amongst many publishing ventures, Berkman was an editor for Mother Earth and publisher of the journal Blast. Berkman died in 1936 after nearly fifty years of leadership in workers movements that spawned the rise of trade unionism after World War II, a development which produced the rise of the middle class in America.
Adams, Radical Literature in America, p. 60.