Pitrim A. Sorokin residence

 

 

‘Winchester garden aglow with azaleas’ – Boston Globe

 

 

On May 24, 2017, I traveled by car to Winchester, Massachusetts, where the world famous Russian émigré sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin, one of my heroes, lived.

Sorokin, his wife Elena P.  Sorokin, and their two sons resided at 8 Cliff Street in Winchester. (Sorokin died in 1968. One of his sons still occupies the same residence.) I was interested not only to see the residence of a world renowned scholar and writer, but also to see the house because it was famous for its grounds: a garden developed and maintained by Sorokin himself, for which he had won awards from horticultural societies and of which he was proud.

I drove up the block, which was on a steep ascent, using GPS to guide me. The GPS system advised me that I had arrived at my destination, 8 Cliff Street, on my left. I saw 6 Cliff Street, but where was number 8? Number 8 was shrouded and hidden by a profusion of flowering bushes. It reminded me of the Forest of Thorns in “Sleeping Beauty.”

 

— Roger W. Smith

 

 

 

 

Pitirim A. Sorokin residence, 8 Cliff St., Winchester, MA. Photographs by Roger W. Smith.

 

 

“Professor Softens in His Hatred of Reds”

 

 

‘Sorokin Softens in Hatred of Reds’ – Chi Tribune 4-3-1949

 

 

Posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is an article based on an extremely informative and revealing interview — the article is notable for its accuracy — with Russian American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968).

“Professor Softens in His Hatred of Reds,” by Eugene Griffin, Chicago Daily Tribune, April 3, 1949

 

The Chicago Daily Tribune was a conservative newspaper with an anti-Communist slant.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

    September 2017

 

photographs of Pitirim A. Sorokin and his wife, Elena P. Sorokin

 

 

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my Sorokin books

 

 

my Sorokin books

 

 

 

The attached Word document (above) contains an inventory of books by and about the Russian-American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968) in my personal home library.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

    November 2019

covers – books by Pitirim A. Sorokin

 

 

 

 

 

 

covers – books about Pitirim A. Sorokin

 

 

 

 

 

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F. R. Cowell, “Values in Human Society: The Contributions of Pitirim A. Sorokin to Sociology (F. Porter Sargent, 1970)

Pitirim Sorokin, “Lenin the Destroyer”

 

 

Sorokin, ‘Was Lenin a Failure’ – Forum 1924

 

 

Posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is an article by the Russian-American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.

The article was written shortly after Sorokin was banished from Russia and exiled by the Bolshevik regime.

Pitirim Sorokin, “Was Lenin a Failure?–A Debate: I–Lenin the Destroyer,” Forum, vol. LXXI, no. 4 (April 1924)

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

   September 2017