Karl Marx (Magill's Literary Annual 1979)
In an age when, as Newsweek recently admonished us, we are “more interested in personalities than issues,” one approaches an “intimate biography” of Karl Marx with trepidation. The fears are, fortunately, unjustified, because Saul K. Padover is not an ordinary journalistic gossip monger. He is a knowledgeable, sophisticated scholar well prepared to do justice to the issues that are so important to understanding the issue-oriented man he is examining.
Padover devoted twelve years to the study of Marx, but the current biography is not the only fruit of that labor. Padover’s name also appears on the seven volumes entitled The Karl Marx Library which appeared with impressive regularity from 1971 to 1977. These volumes contained, for the most part, Padover’s original translations, often of material never before translated into English.
Padover neither hates nor worships Marx; his biography is therefore free of that particular type of distortion. However, Padover’s freedom from the intense emotions that have led many a commentator to deviate from objectivity does not mean he is without a point of view. While Padover is neither a Marxologist nor an anti-Marxologist, he is a Jeffersonian democrat. Padover has written a biography of Jefferson and edited collections of Jefferson’s work, and he is more at home with Jefferson’s eclectic pragmatism than he is with Marx’s systematic theory-building. As a result, this...
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