Karl Marx: His Life and Thought by David McLellan

By David McLellan

'McLellan...has skillfully edited a really valuable, enlightening, and interesting number of sketches of Marx by way of colleagues, associates, and interviewers. This quantity effectively fills a true void...these reminiscences function a worthwhile and enjoyable entree into Marx's own world.'

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1 624. , 632. LIN and you were to become cold and unwilling.... You see, Karl, that is why I am not so completely grateful, so thoroughly enchanted by your love as I ought to be; that is why I am often mindful of external things, of life and reality, instead of holding fast, as you yould like, to the world oflove, losing myself in it and finding there a higher dearer spiritual unity with you enabling me to forget all other things. 1 Occasionally even Heinrich Marx began to regret that he had sanctioned the engagement and was full of sound advice that his son was obviously not in a position to follow: Your exalted and exaggerated love cannot bring back peace to the person to whom you have entirely given yourself and you run the contrary risk of entirely destroying her.

3 He also wrote a few chapters of a comic novel, 'Scorpion and Felix', in the style of Sterne and then gave that up to compose the first scene of 'Oulanem', a contemporary comic thriller whose hero was a feeble copy of the ageing Faust. 'Oulanem', too, never got beyond an immensely long first act which contained frenzied reflections on love (in all its forms), death, destruction and 1 I Heinrich Marx to Karl Marx, MEGA, 1 i (2) 204. MEGA I i (2) 50. 1 See M. Rubel, 'Les Cahiers d'etudes de Karl Marx (1840-1853)', Internatiollill Review of Social History (1957).

Mehring. op. , I 26. 1 22 KARL MARX: HIS LIFE AND THOUGHT patriotic, emotional and composed in a Germanic manner'. 1 Marx's models, however, were Heine, Goethe and Schiller, and his verses contained all the well-known themes of German romanticism, with the exception of political reaction and nationalism. They were full of tragic love and talk of human destiny as the plaything of mysterious forces. There was the familiar subjectivism and extreme exaltation of the personality of the creative artist isolated from the rest of society, while seeking, at the same time, for a community of like-minded individuals.

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