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Verso
01 September 2018
Biography; Biography: historical, political & military; Marxism & Communism
Yvonne Kapp’s monumental biography of the daughter of Karl Marx who became a radical activist.

Eleanor Marx is one of the most tragically overlooked radical figures in history, usually overshadowed by her father, Karl. But not only did she edit, translate, transcribe and collaborate with her father, she also led an extraordinary life as a labour organiser, trade unionist, translator, actor, writer and feminist.

Much of this we only know because of this highly acclaimed, outstanding exception to the omission of Eleanor Marx from history. Yvonne Kapp’s biography was first published at the height of feminist organising in the 1970s. Kapp brilliantly succeeds in capturing Eleanor’s spirit, from a lively child opining on the world’s affairs, to the new woman, aspiring to the stage, earning her living as a free intellectual, and helping to lead England’s unskilled workers at the height of the new unionism. She was always more than, yet at the same time inescapably, Karl Marx’s daughter. It is also, inevitably, an unrivalled biography of the Marx household in Victorian London, of the Marx circle, and of Friedrich Engels, the family’s extraordinary mentor.

This single-volume edition of Kapp’s foundational biography includes an introduction by Sally Alexander.
By:   Yvonne Kapp
Introduction by:   Sally Alexander
Imprint:   Verso
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781859845158
ISBN 10:   1859845150
Pages:   896
Publication Date:   01 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Yvonne Kapp (1903-1999) was a British writer and political activist.

Reviews for Eleanor Marx

Anyone interested in Marx, the history of Socialism, women's emancipation or Victorian Britain will find the book difficult to put down.... Yvonne Kapp's magnificent and definitive Eleanor Marx [is] one of the major biographies of our generation. Eric Hobsbawm


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