G.D.H. Cole (1889–1959) was one of the twentieth century’s outstanding socialist writers and thinkers. From the 1920s until his death he was the pre-eminent Labour intellectual, surpassing Harold Laski and R.H. Tawney in the proliferation of his publications and general omnipresence.
David Goodway taught sociology, history and Victorian studies to mainly adult students from 1969 until 2005. For thirty years he has written principally on anarchism and libertarian socialism, publishing collections of the writings of Alex Comfort, Herbert Read, ‘Maurice Brinton’, and Nicolas Walter and of the correspondence between John Cowper Powys and Emma Goldman; Talking Anarchy with Colin Ward; as well as Anarchist Seeds beneath the Snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward. He has recently published The Real History of Chartism and an edition of George Julian Harney’s late journalism, The Chartists Were Right.