Biographies of and works about Rosa Luxemburg - reading guide

Rosa Luxemburg speaks with banner of F. Lassalle

Book length or pamphlet length (10,000 words+) or otherwise notable biographies of the life of and works about Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) with considerable reference to her politics in chronological order. No works by Luxemburg except in edited collections or extracts.


Rosa Luxemburg (1919) Clara Zetkin

(Bolshevik)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/zetkin/1919/05/junius.htm


Hands off Rosa Luxemburg (1932) Leon Trotsky

(Bolshevik - Trotskyist)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1932/06/luxemberg.htm


Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Work (1940) Paul Frolich

(Academic)


Rosa Luxemburg (London, 1959)
Tony Cliff

(Trotskyist - SWP Britain)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/cliff/works/1969/rosalux/index.htm

Rosa Luxemburg: The Biography (1962/1966/1969/2019) John Peter Nettl
(Author)
https://libcom.org/library/rosa-luxemburg-biography
https://openlibrary.org/works/OL4651097W
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/120792/rosa-luxemburg-by-jp-nettl/9781788731676/
The leading biography.


Rosa Luxemburg; A Reappraisal (London, 1975) Lelio Basso, D. Parmee (trans.)

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Rosa Luxemburg: A Life (1987) Elzbieta Ettinger
(Academic)

Rosa Luxemburg: A Revolutionary for Our Times (1981/1987) Stephen Eric Bronner
(Academic)
https://openlibrary.org/works/OL2003158W

Rosa Luxemburg: A Life for the International (Berg Women's) (1989) Richard Abraham
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Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution (Illinois, USA, 1991) Raya Dunayevskaya

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Rosa Luxemburg and the Noble Dream (New York: Peter Lang, 1996) Donald Shephardson

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Rosa Luxemburg (2000)
Mathilde Jacob

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This translation is by Hans Fernbach, who knew Mathilde Jacob as a family friend in Berlin; it is introduced by David Fernbach

Rosa Luxemburg (2008) Harry Harmer
(Anarchist?)

Rosa Luxemburg, or: The Price of Freedom (2008) Jörn Schütrumpf
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https://libcom.org/library/rosa-luxemburg-or-price-freedom
https://www.rosalux.de/fileadmin/rls_uploads/pdfs/Themen/Rosa_Luxemburg/Rosalux-en.pdf
This book originally appeared in German in 2006 and was re-published in 2018 in a third, revised edition. The English translation by Natascha Mueller-Hirth was published in 2008. Physical copies are available for purchase from the Karl Dietz Verlag.

A Rebel’s Guide to Rosa Luxemburg (Bookmarks, 2011) Sally Campbell
(Trotskyist - SWP Britain)

The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (2015) Norman Geras
(Academic - Trotskyist - IMG turned Eustonite)

Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography (2015) Kate Evans and Paul Buhle
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Rosa Luxemburg: Capitalism, Imperialism and the Post colonial (2018) New formations 94: Autumn 2018
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Rosa Luxemburg and the Struggle for Democratic Renewal (2018) Jon Nixon
(Academic / author)

German


Rosa Luxemburg: Eine Biography (1996) Annelies Laschitza


Rosa Luxemburg (1986 film) Margarethe Von Trotta

https://rosaluxemburgblog.wordpress.com/researchers/

https://rosaluxemburgblog.wordpress.com/bibliography-and-resources/