Kate Sharpley Library

Unknown heroes: biographies of anarchist resistance fighters - Miguel Garcia

A set of short biographies of anarchists who fought in the guerrilla resistance against General Franco's military dictatorship in the wake of the Spanish Civil War.

The life style of Buenaventura Durruti

A short pamphlet by the Kate Sharpley Library about the life of Spanish anarchist revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti, published in 1994.

The anarchist resistance to Franco: biographical notes - Antonio Tellez

Sabate in the Pyrenees, false colour

A great collection of short biographies and photographs of people who fought in the underground resistance to General Franco's military dictatorship.

Against all tyranny! Essays on anarchism in Brazil - Edgar Rodriguez, Renato Ramos and Alexandre Samis

A short collection of writings on the anarchist movement in Brazil from the late 19th century onwards, published in 2003 by the Kate Sharpley Library.

Rybin, Peter, 1885-1921

Peter is second from left, pictured in November 1920

Historical information about Peter Rybin, a Russian anarcho-syndicalist who joined the revolutionary Ukrainian Makhnovist army and was also active in the US, gleaned largely from his Soviet secret police file and focusing on his final months before he was sadly executed.

“Nameless in the crowd of nameless ones…” : Some thoughts on The Story of A Proletarian Life, by Bartolomeo Vanzetti, 1923

Some thoughts on Vanzetti's "Story of a Proletarian Life". Surely this work is one of the greatest working class autobiographies of all time?

Three Japanese anarchists: Kotoku, Osugi and Yamaga - Victor Garcia

Excellent pamphlet looking at the history of the Japanese anarchist movement, and in particular the lives (and deaths, in the two former cases) of Shūsui Kōtoku, Osugi Sakae and Taiji Yamaga.

Syndicalism in action: how the Italian glassblowers became their own employers - Odon Por

A short pamphlet, which is very uncritical but still contains useful historical information about Italian glassblowers in the early 20th century, who first formed an industrial union then formed a cooperative to rival the private employers.

Remembering Spain: Italian anarchist volunteers in the Spanish civil war - Umberto Marzocchi

Umberto Marzocchi speaking, wearing a hat, jacket and tie

Marzocchi supplied arms to Spanish anarchists at the start of the Spanish Revolution and fought on the Aragon front from October 1936 until 1937. This is his account , covering the counter-revolution of May 1937 in Barcelona and the Communists’ murder of Camillo Berneri, published in this expanded second edition with a timeline of Marzocchi’s life from "Umanita Nova".

No More Mimosa by Ethel Mannin: A re-consideration and appreciation

Here's a piece on Ethel Mannin. For those of you who don't know her, her novels and writings from the 1920s-1950s are especially worth digging out. She supported A S Neil and Summerhill, the CNT-FAI in Spain and wrote a novel about the life of Emma Goldman, as well as exploring all sorts of radical ideas. Here at KSL we think that "No More Mimosa" is one of her best. Have a read and then hit the used bookstores (they are still there you know!!!)