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Randolph Bourne biography

Date of birth : 1886-05-30
Date of death : 1918-12-22
Birthplace : Bloomfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-07-19
Credited as : Writer, essayist,

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Randolph Bourne was a progressive writer and "leftist intellectual" born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and a graduate of Columbia University. Bourne is best known for his essays, especially his unfinished work "The State," discovered after his death.

An essayist and intellectual who lived in Greenwich Village, Bourne is an early figure of America's "bohemian" counterculture. Bourne was maimed by forceps during his birth, giving him a disfigured face; spinal tuberculosis at age 4 left him a hunchback. Bourne graduated from Columbia University in 1913 and joined the staff of The New Republic, where he made a name for himself as left-leaning essayist and intellectual. He was an outspoken critic of World War I even after America entered the war, a position which made him highly unpopular. He died in the influenza epidemic of 1918, shortly after the war ended. His best-known work is Youth and Life (1913).

The Randolph Bourne Institute seeks to honor his memory by promoting a non-interventionist foreign policy for the United States as the best way of fostering a peaceful, more prosperous world.

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