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Life of Arnold Freeman, The

Life of Arnold Freeman, The

The Life of Arnold Freeman
Philosopher, Teacher and Social Reformer

by Kenneth Gibson
with a Preface by Aonghus Gordon, OBE

Arnold James Freeman (1886-1972) was a unique individual who, in his adopted home town of Sheffield, became a 'folk legend' because of his infectious enthusiasm in promoting the arts, literature, culture and many other activities in the Sheffield Educational Settlement in the first half of the twentieth century. This biography is a rich and detailed account of the life of this extraordinary individual who deserves to be more widely known for his contribution to the history of Sheffield and his work in widening the spiritual and cultural horizons of numerous individuals.

'This unique work on the life of Arnold James Freeman reminds us of the importance of the biography genre, in which an individual's life becomes a focal lens through which a myriad historical movements and moments meld together. This is especially true of the life of Arnold Freeman, whose energy, exuberance and inquisitiveness led him to travel widely and mingle with some of the leading political, religious, literary and philosophical figures of the early 20th century.
Dr Gibson's approach, which centres firmly on Freeman's diaries, offers the reader intimate insight into the remarkable mind and a movingly human story.' Jacob Forward.


Preface by Aonghus Gordon, OBE

Who was Arnold James Freeman?

Chapter One: Early Influences
The Freeman Family
Early Education and Role Models
1904-5, and Preparations for University

Chapter Two: Oxford        
Oxford, Politics and Faith
George Hay Morgan and the 1906 Election Campaign
Literature and Faith
The Keswick Convention
Evangelism, Disillusion and Decision
Friendship and a Full Life

Chapter Three: George Bernard Shaw  
A Shifting Perspective
The Influence of George Bernard Shaw
Tramps, Supermen and Eugenics
Inklings of a Socialist Utopia
George Bernard Shaw on Rudolf Steiner

Chapter Four: Matters of the Heart       
Falling in Love
Winifred Lines
Juliet Stuart Poyntz
Nora White

Chapter Five: Spiritualism and Theosophy     
Seeking the Spirit
The Mesmerising Literature
Julia’s Bureau
A Struggling Soul, Christian Science and Theosophy
The Theosophical Society and Annie Besant

Chapter Six: The Guru      
Finding the Guru
The Making of a Guru and The Great School
The Road to ‘Mastership’
Sean Williams, a Master for an Eager Student
The Anguish of the Threshold
Gaston De Mengel

Chapter Seven: A Working Life  
Sidney and Beatrice Webb
A Trip to Germany
Woodbrooke and Boy Life and Labour

Chapter Eight: The Great War, Writing and Reconstruction
Workers’ Educational Association
World War One
Becoming a Writer
The Evolving Relationship with The Great School
Great Britain After the War
The Spiritual Foundations of Reconstruction
The Equipment of the Workers
Education Through Settlements

Chapter Nine: Building a New Society   
Rudolf Steiner, The Settlement and Controversy
Competing Visions for Society
The Oxford Conference
The Settlement
The Little Theatre
The 1923 General Election
Facing Hardship
Helen Rootham

Chapter Ten: War, Refugees and Retirement  
The Second World War and The Sheffield Blitz
Supporting Refugees
The Post-War World
Save Europe Now
The Golden Blade

Final Reflections
The Writings and Publications of Arnold James Freeman

A Wynstones Press title
224 pages.
10 black and white and 11 colour photographs.
Cover illustration by David Newbatt.
24 x 17 cms, 9 x 6½ inches.
ISBN 9780946206995


Product Code: WP6995
Weight 680.00 gm
Price: £17.50