[Marxism] marxist biographies

Einde O'Callaghan eindeoc at freenet.de
Thu Sep 10 12:46:00 MDT 2009

John E. Norem wrote:
> I'm writing to ask the list members if they can name any biographies 
> written from a marxist/communist/socialist perspective. The biographies 
> can be of anyone, I'm not particular. I'd just like to get an idea of 
> whether members think such books exist and if they can recommend any.
> Thanks in advance for your help.
In addition to his autobiography (My Life) Trotsky wrote a biographical 
study of Lenin (Young Lenin) and a few other sketches of various periods 
in Lenin's life (published as On Lenin) and he was working on a 
biography of Stalin when he was assassinated. He also wrote a number of 
short portraits of leaders of the Second International - these are 
online in the Trotsky Internet Archive (part of MIA).

Preobrazhensky wrote a number of portraits of Russian revolutionaries - 
collected in revolutionary Portraits.

Paul Frölich wrote a biography of Rosa Luxemburg.

Franz Mehring wrote a biography of Marx, and Karl Korsch and Otto Rühle 
also wrote biographical studies of Marx. Two Russian Mensheviks, Boris 
Nikolaievsky and Otto Maenchen-Helfen, also wrote a biography of Marx.

Gustav Mayer, a German Social Democrat, wrote a biography of Engels.

Tony Cliff wrote biographical studies of Rosa Luxemburg, Lenin and Trotsky.

Together with those suggested by others that should keep you busy for a 
while. ;-)

Einde O'Callaghan

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