Thursday, May 24, 2012

A champion of free thought


Speaking of free thinkers, Royal Bob has taken quite a few hits in recent years, especially among the religious conservative fold who don't fancy his acerbic views on the Bible and religion in general.  My grandfather interlaced clippings of Robert Ingersoll and Twain in the family album, which is how I first came across his writings.  Most of the books available on Ingersoll are in his own words, which is the way it should be, but there have been a few biographies written over the years, including this one by C.H. Cramer, published in 1952.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting. I had never heard of him (as the link suggests). Sounds like you had an interesting grandfather. The only literary link that came out of my family was to Edgar Allen Poe ....

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  2. I hadn't thought of Ingersoll in years until Barton attacked him in his book. There is a more recent biography as well entitled American Infidel,

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Infidel-Robert-G-Ingersoll/dp/1877733334/ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337864971&sr=1-19

    Seems like Ingersoll enjoyed a good fight. He would have mopped the floor with Barton.

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