Rosa Luxemburg Further Reading - Essay

Rozalia Luksenburg

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Cliff, Tony. Rosa Luxemburg. London: Socialist Review Publishing Co. Ltd., 1959, 96 p.

Cliff provides a biographical sketch, an overview of Luxemburg's teachings, and an essay on her place in history.

Dombrowski, Eric. "Rosa Luxemburg." In German Leaders of Yesterday and Today, pp. 271-76. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1920.

Dombrowski eulogizes Luxemburg.

Ettinger, Elzbieta. Rosa Luxemburg: A Life. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986, 286 p.

The biographer draws from multilingual source material housed in Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, and other countries.

Nettl, J. P. Rosa Luxemburg. 2 Vols. London: Oxford University Press, 1966.

Considered the definitive Luxemburg biography.

Wolfe, Bertram D. "The Last Man in the German Social Democratic Party." In Strange Communists I Have Known, pp. 117-37. New York: Stein and Day, 1965.

Wolfe offers a biographical sketch and compares the views of Luxemburg and Lenin.


Ascher, Abraham. "A Marxist Heroine." Problems of Communism XV, (November-December 1966): 78-80.

The reviewer finds Nettl's biography an able inventory of Luxemburg's strengths and weaknesses.

Ascherson, Neal. "Love and Revolution." The New York Review of Books XXVII, No. 3 (6 March 1980): 14-16.

Favorably reviews Comrade and Lover: Rosa Luxemburg's Letters to Leo Jogiches.

Lenin, V. I. "On the Junius Pamphlet." Labor Monthly 17, No. 7 (January 1935): 114-19.

This reprint is part two of Lenin's article, first published in 1916, refuting Luxemburg's arguments in the Junius Pamphlet.

"Rosa Luxemburg." Times Literary Supplement, No. 3349 (5 May 1966): 377-78.

Favorably reviews J. P. Nettl's biography, but considers the two volumes to be too heavily detailed.

Sweezy, Paul M. "Three Works on Imperialism" and "Rosa Luxemburg and the Theory of Capitalism." In The Present as History: Essays and Reviews on Capitalism and Socialism, pp. 93-107, 291-94. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1953.

The first is a review of Luxemburg's The Accumulation of Capital, Hallgarten's Imperialismus vor 1914, and Sternberg's Capitalism and Socialism on Trial, the second regrets that the Antikritik was not included in the reviewed edition of The Accumulation of Capital.

Additional coverage of Luxemburg's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 118.