Bruce Calvert correspondence
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- Calvert, Bruce, 1866-1940 (Person)
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Calvert bought land for a retreat to nature near Griffith, Indiana and moved his residence from Chicago, Illinois. In 1908, he established The Open Road: The Official Organ of the Society of the Universal Brotherhood of Man (not an actual organization). He published it monthly from September 1908 to January 1914 from his home, called "Pigeon-Roost-in-the-Woods," often using sayings by poet Max Ehrmann and writings from major figures like Eugene Debs and other figures prominent in anarchist, radical, rational, reform, or unorthodox thinking. His philosophy was "right thinking and right living" and lost considerable weight through this regimen. Calvert espoused nudity as a healthy lifestyle. The Indianapolis Star termed him, in 1912, "Indiana's prize crank."
Around June 1912, he married Anna Gulbrandsen, a Norwegian-born soloist, and he became her manager. Calvert left Indiana in 1914 for Long Eddy, New York in the Catskills. He published five more issues of The Open Road through September 1915, then wrote a column, "The Open Road'" for the socialist newspaper, The New York Call. Calvert revived the magazine, The Open Call, after moving to Mountain View, New Jersey in 1926 from their 1920 home of Pequannock, New Jersey. (which he named Pigeon-Roost-in-the-Woods, New Jersey.) "'The Open Road' was a metaphor for a broad highway, room enough for everyone who wanted freedom, and for the fluidity of life, which must never become static...for motion is life, rest is death." Calvert authored five books as well as numerous articles and columns.
Calbert died May 31, 1940, on the anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth, and Anna Gulbrandsen Calvert placed his ashes near a portrait of Eugene Debs in their home.
Ancestry.com. "Bruce Calvert." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 24, 2015. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
"Calvert, Bruce." (1981) In Indiana Authors and Their Books: 1967-1980, pp. 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.
Taylor, Robert M., Jr. "Panaceas from Duneland." Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History (Winter 1989): 22-39.
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