Police & Prison Writing

Unfinished Tales From a Russian Prison-Marguerite E. Harrison- 1923


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    Unfinished Tales from a Russian Prison
    Marguerite E. Harrison
    George H. Doran Company: New York, 1923

    Presumed First Edition. Black cloth with red paper paste downs on cover and spine. Very Good. Paste down on spine worn; small chip on bottom of title page, interior is clean and unmarked, binding solid.

    Marguerite Elton Harrison was an American reporter, spy, film maker, and translator who was one of the four founding members of the Society of Woman Geographers. Harrison spied for the United States in Russia and Japan, arriving in Russia in 1920 as an Associated Press correspondent. She assessed Bolshevik economic strengths and weakness and assisted American political prisoners in Russia. She was held captive in Lubyanka, the infamous Russian prison, for ten months. While there she contracted tuberculosis, and due to pressure from her influential contacts, including Senator Joseph I. France, she was eventually set free in exchange for food and other aid to Russia. She was arrested again in 1923 in China and was taken to Moscow, but was released before her trial after recognition by an American aid worker. These experiences, and those of her fellow prisoners, are related in two of her books: Marooned in Moscow: the Story of an American Woman Imprisoned in Russia (1921) and Unfinished Tales from a Russian Prison (1923).
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