[Marxism] Franklin Rosemont

Richard Fidler rfidler_8 at sympatico.ca
Wed Apr 15 06:42:06 MDT 2009

>From the Chicago Tribune obit:

"Mr. Rosemont was also editing a series on surrealism for the
University of Texas.

"Many of his books were published by Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co.,
where he essentially served as editor-in-chief. He and his wife
enlisted a younger generation to write and work for the company, many
drawn by Mr. Rosemont's infectious personality.

"'He had a lot of enthusiasms,' his wife said."


One of Franklin Rosemont's enthusiasms, in addition to histories of
"labor and surrealism" noted by the obit, was the relationship between
revolutionary Marxism and surrealism. In 1977, he edited and
introduced a collection of André Breton's writings, "What is
Surrealism?", published by Monad Press for the Anchor Foundation and
distributed by the U.S. SWP's Pathfinder Press. This book, a rather
unusual item in Pathfinder's repertoire, raised a few eyebrows as I
recall around the SWP membership; it was published largely as an
initiative of George Weissman of Monad Press, one of the older SWP
cadres who maintained an intense interest in intellectual trends on
the left.

Rosemont also wrote an illuminating essay on the late Marx's
ethnological studies, entitled "Karl Marx and the Iroquois". It is
available at http://www.geocities.com/cordobakaf/marx_iroquois.html.

-- Richard

-----Original Message-----
From: marxism-bounces+rfidler_8=sympatico.ca at lists.econ.utah.edu
[mailto:marxism-bounces+rfidler_8=sympatico.ca at lists.econ.utah.edu] On
Behalf Of Mark Lause
Sent: April 15, 2009 7:27 AM
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Franklin Rosemont

I was fortunate enough, for a short time, to work as closely as any
with Franklin and Penny.  Our loss of this firebrand leaves our world
a little dimmer.



Franklin Rosemont, 1943-2009: Surrealist poet, labor historian
By Trevor Jensen | Tribune reporter
April 15, 2009

Franklin Rosemont, a surrealist poet and labor historian, maintained
Chicago's long history of leftist activism through prolific writing
and his stewardship of 123-year-old radical publishing house Charles
H. Kerr.


More information about the Marxism mailing list