BOOKS/PAMPHLETS

Currently this list focuses on books and pamphlets published during his lifetime, but later we may add newer items. The fullest collection of in-print items available for sale is at Underworld Amusements.

Books

While there was not a “book of Sid’s writings” that appeared during his lifetime, Sidney edited and introduced at least one book, and wrote introductions to two.


The First Person (1963)

George Barrett
Edited with introduction by S.E.Parker
Freedom Press, 1963

“Barrett” was the nom de gurre of George Powell Ballard (1888-1917). The slim book was comissioned to be published by Freedom Press, by the estate of Edith Ballard. Sidney E. Parker edited the volume and wrote a biographical sketch as an introduction to the work. The book was available in both a hardback and a paperback edition of 37 pages.

There were numerous aspects of the final book that Sid was not pleased with. The subtitle was completely left off: “The Selected Writings of George Barrett”. Sid believed this gave the impression that the small collection was the totality of George’s work. The cramped and haphazard typesetting, not printing the provided portrait and not crediting Sid as editor of the book were all points of contention, and all addressed in a letter from January of 1964.


Might is Right (1984)

Ragnar Redbeard
Introduction by S.E.Parker
Loompanics Unlimited, 1984

Read: “Ragnar Redbeard and the Right of Might”

This was the first full edition of Ragnar Redbeard’s book to be published and made relatively available to the public since the authors death some forty years previously. There is an extremely rare facsimile edition prior to it that. It features an introduction by Laurance Labadie, an individualist anarchist Sid had published in his own journal.

Sidney Parker’s introduction was first an essay published in Mark E. Sullivan’s journal The Storm. The “real” identity of Ragnar Redbeard was lost between the 1920s and the 1970s. Sid’s research was way ahead of anyone else in rediscovering the identity of the author. It was in a follow-up letter to the same New York journal that he discovered a key piece of information too late for the inclusion in the Loompanics edition of Might is Right.


The Ego and Its Own (1982)

Max Stirner
Introduction by S.E.Parker
Rebel Press, 1982


Benjamin R. Tucker & The Champions of Liberty (1986)

Edited by Charles Hamilton, Mark A. Sullivan and Michael Coughlin
224 pages / 11 illustrations & photos
Coughlin & Sullivan, 1986

Read “The New Freewoman: Dora Marsden & Benjamin R. Tucker”

In all, there are 16 chapters, each written by different authors and each is devoted to a study of the influence Benjamin Tucker and his newspaper Liberty had on American political and social thought and action.

This is an important book in the history of the study of egoism and individualist anarchist thought. Not only is the subject matter, Benjamin Tucker, a hugely important figure, but this collection brought together many more modern historians and advocates of a radical individualist thought. From the editors to the various contributors, it is an essential text.

Featuring contributions from: Paul Avrich, Martin Blatt, Michael E. Coughlin, Morgan Edwards, Shoshana Edwards, Kenneth R. Gregg, Charles R. Hamilton, Mildred J. Loomis, Wendy Mcelroy, S.E. Parker, Sharon Presley, William O. Reichert, Dr. Jack Schwartzman, Charles Shively, Mark A. Sullivan, Carl Watner, Don Werkheiser


The Ego and Its Own (1993)

Max Stirner
Introduction by S.E.Parker
Rebel Press, 1993

This is a reprint of the 1983 edition with a new cover, though it was also designed by Cliff Harmer


Pamphlets

In addition to his journals, Sidney published a number of pamphlets over the years. We’ve tried to document below all known non-periodical publications.


Liberty Leaflet No. 1: Anarchism & Communism (195x)


What We Are For — What We Are Against (1961)

This was the first pamphlet in a series of translations of French Individualist Anarchist Emile Armand.


What Individualists Want by Emile Armand (1961)


Anarchism and Individualism : Three Essays by Emile Armand (1962)

In a 1993 interview, Sid gave some background on it:

“…I became more and more interested in what was called individualist anarchism. I then read Max Stirner because I thought he was identified with that school—wrongly I think now, but that was the case then—and I got in touch with Armand, the French individualist anarchist, and he “charged” me to “reanimate the individualist anarchist movement in all the countries of the English language”, which I tried to do… I published some of his pieces in English translation… I issued two as leaflets, one while he was still alive; then I got together, after he died, three of his essays, already in English, had them printed by Express Printers, and brought them out as a pamphlet called Anarchism and Individualism.”


Some Poems by Pat Parker (1966)

patparker-coverThis was a booklet edited by Sid of his wife’s poetry.

Pat’s poems were often found in the pages of Sid’s publications and there was even a separate collection of Pat’s poems published by a small press.


O Idios: Three Essays on Individualist Anarchism by Jean-Pierre Pages-Schweitzer (1966)

ho-idiosThere are two covers for this booklet. One that shows the name as “Ho Idios” and the other as “O Idios.” Only the latter is currently in possession of the SEP Archives, though we found a copy of the former online (pictured).

In a 1993 interview, Sid gave some background on it:

(Schweitzer) didn’t edit any journal, he wrote this pamphlet. When he returned to France, he contributed to various papers, and he published, I think, one or two pamphlets over there. The only paper he had edited was when he was a young man and he brought out a Marxist journal called Les Egaux (The Equals). He was in the Communists in France; he was also in the paratroops in Algeria and got mixed up with the OAS. He was arrested and put in prison, from where he escaped to England; he could never work out whether it was because of his activities as a Communist or as a right-wing member of the OAS…

He claimed to be a follower of Stirner and a Nietzschean, but in actual fact, I suspect that until he got back to France, he never read Stirner properly. I think his habit was to leaf through books, find out the most shocking statement he could, and throw it in people’s faces. He was odd because he was very much attracted to the Roman Catholic Church, though he wrote for The Freethinker. He used to argue that this was a “conscious schizophrenism”. He said he liked the emotional atmosphere and ritual of the Church. Later on, when he went back to France, he dropped anarchism and went into some Catholic group who worshipped the Virgin Mary: Mariolatry, I believe it is called.


Individualist Anarchism: An Outline by S.E. Parker (1966)

individualistanarchimspamphlet-1966It appears there are two editions of this 4 page essay, one (pictured) that is dated 1966, and another more professionally typeset edition published by “The Stanhope Press”. Ironically, the more professionally typeset edition has a typo on the cover.

In Minus One, issue 39 (1977) Sid writes:

From Greece comes a new and well-produced anarchist individualist review called Utopia. Among other items it carries translations of my leaflet “Individualist Anarchism: An Outline” (Previously translated into French, German, Spanish and Swedish and now out of print).

We would love to find translations of this text and host them here. If you are able to provide us with a scan or transcription of that text, it would be appreciated. Please use the CONTACT page.


Anarchism and Modern Society by Jeff Robinson (1967)

In a 1993 interview, Sid gave some background on it:

Of the other pamphlets I published, one was by Jean-Pierre Schweitzer and the other was by Jeff Robinson, but in the latter case, Jeff Robinson handled the distribution himself. He was interested in getting somebody else to be the publisher because he didn’t want his landlord to know what he was doing.


Egoism John Beverly Robinson (1988)

egoism-robinson-1988This four page booklet reprints a 1915 essay from John Beverly Robinson.

Wikipedia gives a brief biographical sketch of the author:

John Beverley Robinson (1853–1923), was an American anarchist author, publisher, translator, and architect.
He was for a time publisher of the Free Soiler the newsletter of the Georgist American Free Soil Society. Today he is most identified with the individualist/egoist wing of American anarchism (though he also had incarnations as a Tolstoyan non-resistant and as a Georgist), and was associated with Benjamin Tucker’s Liberty.