Bruce Calvert correspondence
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- Calvert, Bruce, 1866-1940 (Person)
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He 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 Sept. 1908 to Jan. 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. He 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. He left Indiana in 1914 for Long Eddy, New York in the Catskills. He published five more issues of "The Open Road" through Sept. 1915, then wrote a column, "The Open Road'" for the socialist newspaper, The New York Call. He revived the magazine The Open Call after moving to Mountain View, NJ 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." He authored five books as well as numerous articles and columns.
He died May 31, 1940 (on the anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth), and Anna placed his ashes near a portrait of Eugene Debs in their home.
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"Calvert, Bruce". (1981) In Indiana Authors and Their Books: 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. Print. ISLI 016.810 B219I SUPP. 1967-80
Taylor, Robert M., Jr. "Panaceas from Duneland". Traces of Indiana and Midwestern history : a publication of the Indiana Historical Society. Winter 1989: 22-39. Print.
"Calvert, Bruce". Indiana Biography Index Before 1990. Retrieved 2015/08/24. https://www.statelib.lib.in.us
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