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Personal recollections of the publication of The Open Society

ByE. H. GOMBRICH

Karl Popper’s two-volume work The Open Society and Its Enemies was published fifty years ago. It stands to reason that this happy event was preceded by a long period of preparation and uncertainty. In fact the publication took two-and-a-half years from the moment that he sent the manuscript from New Zealand to wartime England, and by that time, he and his wife were on the boat taking them to London to start a new life here at the LSE.