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Karl Marx: A Biography
All the great political revolutions of the twentieth century referred back to Marx. Reviled by some, revered by many, Marx's influence can be found in every area of the humanities and social sciences from literary criticism to globalization. In this thoroughly revised and updated new edition of his classic biography, David McLellan provides a clear and detailed account bot ...more
Paperback, 4th, 512 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 1975)
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Sep 06, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
This is both an intellectual and personal biography of Karl Marx written with sympathetic intelligence by a recognized authority on Marx and Marxism. Commentators (one appended) often cite it as the best biography of Marx in English. Having only read about four of them, I can only say the claim is quite plausible. In any case, the writing is clear, the scholarship good and the notes helpful.
Dec 30, 2009 Matt Westbrook rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
The format of this book is its strength. The first half has bipartite chapters composed of a biographical sketch of an important period of Marx's life followed by short selections of readings corresponding to his changing thought during the same period. The second half of the book also include bipartite chapters: each chapter is devoted to a major theme in Marxian thought (alienation, material reading of history, revolution, the state, etc.) and each half is divided between commentary on that th ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Peter Harrison rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
A wonderful introduction to Marx covering both his life and the basics of his intellectual progress. I assume it's slightly outdated now - certainly the bibliography is I suspect no more than a starting point to the older work on Marx. That said, McClellan was recommended as part of my University course and has a very readable style. The book presents Marx's work in it's chronological context as a progression rather than taking pieces in isolation. As such McClellan doesn't see a break in Marx's ...more