In his youth, Havel had been imprisoned in what then was Austria-Hungary for anarchist activities; originally pronounced "criminally insane", he was declared sane by the intervention of Krafft-Ebing and transferred from the prison madhouse to an ordinary prison. He managed to flee to London, where he met Emma Goldman, who then brought him to America.
He was married to the anarchist Polly Holliday, who with him ran a restaurant on Washington Square in Greenwich Village frequented by radicals and artists, but may also have been Goldman's lover.[clarification needed] In the late 1910s, Havel took in Berenice Abbott as his adopted daughter.
He wrote a biography of Emma Goldman and an introductory essay to her collected Anarchism and Other Essays.
- Havel, Hippolyte (14 Aug 1915), The Spirit of the Village, Bruno's Weekly: 34–35
- McFarland, Gerald W. (2005), Inside Greenwich Village: A New York City Neighborhood, 1898-1918, Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, p. 207, ISBN 978-1-55849-502-9
- Alexander, Doris (1962). The tempering of Eugene O'Neill. Harcourt Brace & World.
- Chalberg, John. Emma Goldman: American Individualist. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 1991. ISBN 0-673-52102-8.
- Alexander, Doris (2005). Eugene O'Neill's last plays: separating art from autobiography. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0-8203-2709-3.
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