biographies

Iturbe, Lola aka Kyra Kyralina aka Kiralina (1902-1990)

Lola Iturbe

A short biography of the Spanish anarchist Lola Iturbe, fighter for women's liberation

Merino Martínez, Julián (1897-1977) - Danny Evans

Headline of the underground newspaper Anarquía produced by FAI members in 1937

A short biography of the Spanish anarchist, who was a prominent ‘mid-level’ activist in the CNT, the FAI and the defence committees in Barcelona during the period of the Second Republic (1931-1936) and Civil War (1936-1939)

A half-blind communist with a sharp eye for the future. Marinus van der Lubbe (1909-1934) and his Reichstag Fire

Marinus' mugshot, 1931

Interesting history of Marinus van der Lubbe, the young communist building worker who burned down the Reichstag, and was falsely denounced as a Nazi agent by the Communist Party, by Joep de Visser.

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary - E. P. Thompson

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

Part of the series of biographies of William Morris. 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.

Karl Marx: man and fighter - Boris Nicolaievsky and Otto Maenchen-Helfen

Karl Marx

Part of the series of biographies of Karl Marx.
1933 biography of Karl Marx by Otto Maenchen-Helfen and Boris Ivanovich Nicolaevsky (1887-1966), who 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.

Yakov Sverdlov - Klavdiya Sverdlova

Klavdiya Sverdlova Yakov Sverdlov

This biography of Yakov Sverdlov (1885–1919) was written by Klavdiya Sverdlova, his wife and companion. She shared his life in the revolutionary underground and suffered arrest and exile with him. We do not agree with the political perspective of the author, but reproduce this text for reference. Readers should see more information in the comments below.

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

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

Part of the series of biographies of William Morris.
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

Part of the series of biographies of Karl Marx.
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.