biographies

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1955) E. P. Thompson

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1955) E. P. Thompson

Thompson's first major work of scholarship was his biography of William Morris, written while he was a member of the Communist Party. Subtitled From Romantic to Revolutionary, it was part of an effort by the Communist Party Historians' Group, inspired by Torr, to emphasise the domestic roots of Marxism in Britain at a time when the Communist Party was under attack for always following the Moscow line. It was also an attempt to take Morris back from the critics who for more than 50 years had emphasised his art and downplayed his politics.

Karl Marx: Man and Fighter (1933) Boris Nicolaievsky and Otto Maenchen-Helfen

Karl Marx: Man and Fighter (1933) Boris Nicolaievsky and Otto Maenchen-Helfen

Boris Ivanovich Nicolaevsky (1887-1966) was a revolutionary Russian Marxist activist, archivist, and historian. Nicolaevsky is best remembered as one of the leading Menshevik public intellectuals of the 20th Century.

William Morris and the Early Days of the Socialist Movement (1921)

William Morris and the Early Days of the Socialist Movement (1921)

being reminiscences of Morris' work as a propagandist, and observations on his character and genius, with some account of the persons and circumstances of the early socialist agitation, together with a series of letters addressed by Morris to the author. With a pref. by May Morris

Biographies of William Morris - reading guide

William Morris

Book length or pamphlet length (10,000 words+) or otherwise notable biographies of the life of William Morris with considerable reference to his politics in chronological order

Morin, Emilienne Leontine (1901-1991) aka Mimi aka Mimi-FAI

Emilienne Morin

A short biography of Emilienne Morin, active in France and Spain, companera of Buenaventura Durruti

Karl Marx: His Life and Environment (1939) Isaiah Berlin

Karl Marx: His Life and Environment (1939) Isaiah Berlin

Isaiah Berlin was a Russian-British lecturer and writer and one of the leading philosophers on the theory of Liberalism. Text reproduced here for reference purposes.

Karl Marx: His Life and Work (1910) John Spargo

Karl Marx: His Life and Work (1910) John Spargo

John Spargo was a founding member, intellectual and editor of the Socialist Party of America in 1901 before becoming a Republican party supporter by 1924.

Marx: The Man and His Message (1910) Keir Hardie

Marx: The Man and His Message (1910) Keir Hardie

Keir Hardie founded, served as MP and led both the Independent Labour Party in 1893 and the Labour Party in 1900. Text reproduced here for reference.

Biographies of Karl Marx - reading guide

Karl Marx, Jenny Marx, Eleanor Marx, Laura Marx and Friedrich Engels

Book length or pamphlet length (10,000 words+) or otherwise notable biographies of the life of Karl Marx in chronological order

Freedom's crooked scars: John Cornford in Spain

John Cornford, 1936

A biographical, political, and literary introduction to John Cornford, the first man to go from England to fight the fascist takeover in Spain in 1936 - a poet, a revolutionary, and a military and political leader.