Eleanor Marx: A Life

Eleanor Marx: A Life

Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional woman. Hers was the first English translation of Flaubert's Mme Bovary. She pioneered the theatre of Henrik Ibsen. She was the first woman to lead the British dock workers' and gas workers' trades unions. For years she worked tirelessly for her father, Karl Marx, as personal secret Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional woman. Hers was the first En...

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Title:Eleanor Marx: A Life
Author:Rachel Holmes
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Genres:Biography
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:528 pages pages

Eleanor Marx: A Life Reviews

  • AK
    Apr 22, 2017
    I was recently at a panel of some Marxist men talking about Marxism, and one of them would not stop talking in a kind of scornful way about biography. He sat with his hands interlocked upon his belly and tapped his index fingers together as he pontificated how biography, in its messine...
  • Laura
    May 10, 2014
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: Lively biography of Karl Marx's daughter, who dedicated her life to the principle of equality. Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman. ...
  • Bettie
    May 02, 2014
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  • Rob Manwaring
    Aug 11, 2015
    Bought a copy in Sydney, in the rather fine Glebe bookshop. This was a brilliant read, and frankly read more like a Victorian novel than a biography. Holmes goes a very long way in restoring Tussy's seminal place in British socialist and feminist history; Eleanor's achievements are jus...
  • Karyn
    Mar 10, 2015
    A enlightening and at times entertaining look at a family that I knew very little about until I read this book. Eleanor has earned more attention than she has received and you might not be able to convince me that she took her own life. Look no farther than that husband of hers. The bo...
  • Jane
    Dec 03, 2014
    This review originally appeared on the Historical Novel Society website. There are some people whose lives intersect during an era in which great changes occur; there are others who are instrumental in ensuring that those changes happen. Eleanor Marx, Karl Marx?s youngest daughter...
  • Sue
    Jul 22, 2017
    Simply one of the best biographies that I have read. Eleanor Marx comes to life through the painstaking research and captivating writing of Rachel Holmes, who has given this remarkable woman the attention she so richly deserves. ...
  • Christine
    May 04, 2014
    radio bbc Rachel Holmes's new book is the lively, engaging and informative life story of the daughter of Karl Marx. Beginning with Eleanor's upbringing in a happy and creative household - where she enjoyed the company of her parent's friends including Engels - and moving on to tell ...
  • Anna
    May 04, 2019
    Eleanor Marx led a fascinating life and I enjoyed learning about her. The book is well researched and interesting but the writing is mediocre and made it difficult going at times. ...
  • Malcolm
    Sep 03, 2014
    This should perhaps be subtitled The Wonderful, Tragic Life of Tussy Marx. Eleanor (Tussy), the youngest daughter Karl and Jenny, has shamefully been too long written out of orthodox Marxist parties? patriarchal story of the growth of their outlook and basis of struggle. There is lit...
  • Titus Hjelm
    Jan 13, 2015
    Brilliant, sympathetic account. Although thin on Marx, Engels and Marxism (even Eleanor's version of it), the author really does up on her work on women's rights and, especially the mistreatment of 'Tussy' in the hands of the bastard Edward Aveling. One or two tiny slips (Marx the fath...
  • Louise
    Jun 14, 2015
    Eleanor Marx carried on her father's work while living as liberated a life as any woman could for her time. It appears that she followed her heart, a heart too generous to understand that not all other hearts are honest. Author, Rachel Holmes tells the full story. Holmes begins the ...
  • Ali
    Dec 26, 2014
    Absolutely inspiring. We have so much to be thankful to her for. The 8 hour day, end to child labour, universal suffrage and education, equal employment rights for women. Brilliantly written book too. ...
  • E
    Mar 18, 2018
    At the same time inspiring and devastating, this book gives a fascinating insight into a brilliant feminist. Anyone who has a slight interest in feminism and/ or socialism won't regret this read. First biography that I've seen through to the end - I was gripped from beginning to end! ...
  • Meriem
    Apr 26, 2019
    A wonderful read about an interesting woman. Despite her intelligence and wit, her heart fooled her to believe in a man that played her for years until he finally ended her life.... ...
  • Becki
    Aug 06, 2014
    Simply brilliant from start to finish: not just informative but inspirational. Eleanor "Tussy" Marx was the youngest daughter of Karl. As you'll discover when reading this, she was also the executor of his literary estate and hence a large reason why Marx's work became a legacy rat...
  • Stephen Goldenberg
    Sep 26, 2014
    A fascinating biography. It gives due recognition to one of the many women whose contributions to history have been largely invisible. As an added bonus, it's a comprehensive and entertaining account of the Marx family, and especially Karl himself, and their circle as well as a detaile...
  • Rose
    May 25, 2015
    In-depth, well-written biography of Karl Marx's daughter. The author skilfully conducts us among the various movements and people. The only thing I would change is to enlarge some of the otherwise excellent illustrations. ...
  • James Elder
    May 26, 2017
    I'm ashamed to say that I hadn't heard of Eleanor Marx (youngest daughter of Karl) until a friend bought this for me for my birthday. I blame myself for that, but it is striking that such an important figure is not better known. Eleanor (or Tussy as she was known to family and frien...
  • Tracey Agnew
    May 29, 2014
    An amazing book! Written in such an engaging way, you can't help but fall in love with Tussy - a hero of her own age and a much neglected feminist and socialist icon of our age. This book is a stunningly readable historical, economic, feminist and socialist history with a gothic Victor...
  • Matilda
    Jul 12, 2015
    Not enough is known of this incredible woman. She was totally uncompromising as a female activist in a man's political world and her untimely fate is truly one of the most tragic things I've read. Rachel Holmes recounts her life in a gripping and enchanting way. ...
  • Phil Brett
    Aug 27, 2014
    If I could have done, I would have given this book more than five stars. A fantastic read which reclaims Eleanor Marx from being merely Karl's daughter. A major figure in her own right, she fought for workers' and women's rights and was a significant figure in the socialist movemen...
  • Mona AlThani
    Oct 09, 2018
    As a student of English literature who had to read Marx?s manifesto and study the theory in two classes I was excited to find this biography and more excited to read it part of it was it because of the time period and especially here we?re having a woman& a feminist. I found th...
  • Micebyliz
    Oct 04, 2015
    Every time i read a book from this time period it amazes me how many people of note knew so many other people of note. Did everyone really know everyone else? was it that small a world? I didn't know the Marx family had so much tragedy but then i think most families did at that time ...
  • Sally Stewart
    Feb 07, 2015
    A superb book. Holmes brings to life a vivid picture of the home life and personalities of the main characters in the Marx family. Eleanor is shown to be a force of energy and intelligence committed to putting into reality her fathers legacy. The excitement and momentous events of the ...
  • Olga Vannucci
    Apr 23, 2018
    This acorn fell right by the tree. Karl's daughter saw the world as he, 'Til her strange death at forty-three. ...
  • Pat Lowe
    Sep 26, 2017
    A brilliant biography of an extraordinary woman who devoted her life to her father's vision and the cause of the working class. Brings to life Karl Marx, the sainted Engels who supported him intellectually and financially, and other members of that gifted, visionary circle. Inspiring a...
  • ☺
    Jul 20, 2019
    Stunning, moving and exemplary. Holmes has done the quintessential marxist task of locating the actions and thoughts of the individual actor within their material history. That Eleanor's The Woman Question is not by default mentioned among the rest of the marxist canon is neglectful in...
  • Mimi
    Sep 02, 2018
    Brilliantly researched, well-written biography by a writer clearly passionate about her subject. The best biography I've read in years: combines a fascinating delineation of a political era with a carefully executed portrait of a little known political figure. ...
  • Bookthesp1
    Mar 01, 2018
    Rachel Holmes has written an extraordinary and unforgettable book about "Tussy" aka Eleanor Marx who became a phenomenon in her own right, escaping the shadow of family ties and her father, Karl...Eleanor not only became a central figure in what counted for a left wing establishment, c...