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by Frank E. Manuel

  • ISBN: 0674763262
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Frank E. Manuel
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; First Edition edition (July 14, 1995)
  • Pages: 255 pages
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The book is a calm yet scathing reckoning, dispassionate yet trenchant.

A combination of monograph and biography, this book makes an excellent case for the continued study of the 'hidden Marx. book, part biography, part reflection on Marx's reputation and academic afterlife, is an excellent place to begin thinking about his largely nefarious impact. The book is a calm yet scathing reckoning, dispassionate yet trenchant.

Manuel's book, part biography, part reflection on Marx's reputation and academic afterlife, is an excellent place to begin thinking about his largely.

At the very outset of his learned and lively book about the life, theories, and influence of Karl Marx, the intellectual historian Frank Manuel grants that his initial presumption may be false: the subject of his autopsy may not be dead. Nevertheless, it seems clear that, in the wake of the collapse of Communist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, Marxism has lost much of its appeal either as substitute religion or as utopian romance.

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Manuel gives us a psychological portrait rendered with sympathy and critical detachment, a probing look at the connections between the private drama of Marx's life and his revolutionary ideas. Manuel's erudition as an intellectual historian and his self-confessed attitude as a 'skeptical utopian' justify the publication of another book on Marx. A combination of monograph and biography, this book makes an excellent case for the continued study of the 'hidden Marx.

A Requiem for Karl Marx book. Frank Edward Manuel (1910-2000), a former member of the Brandeis History faculty, was a specialist in European utopian philosophy, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1957, and won the National Book Award for his Utopian Thought in the Western World. This book takes a contrastive stand, comparing Karl Marx, the person, to his socialist beliefs, with some uneven effort to relate his biography to his beliefs. This is certainly not a hagiography.

Frank Manuel calls his wise and elegant study a requiem, but it is by no means clear that Marx is dead . David Warsh Boston Sunday Globe)

Frank Manuel calls his wise and elegant study a requiem, but it is by no means clear that Marx is dead. Manuel's book, part biography, part reflection on Marx's reputation and academic afterlife, is an excellent place to begin thinking about his largely. David Warsh Boston Sunday Globe). provides a searing, genuinely fresh biographical sketch of Marx, the man, the theorist, and the political activist.

As Karl Marx the icon has fallen along with so many communist regimes, we are left with the mystery of Karl Marx the man, the complexities of a life that has profoundly affected millions. A Requiem for Karl Marx is Frank Manuel's searching meditation on that life, a learned and elegantly written engagement with the man and his work.

Manuel gives us a psychological portrait rendered with sympathy and critical detachment, a probing look at the connections between the private drama of Marx's life and his revolutionary ideas. Manuel pursues these connections from Marx's adolescence and education in Trier through his university studies, marriage to a German baroness, and early affiliation with French and German radical groups. Here we see Marx in moments of youthful rapture, in periods of despair, in maneuvers of blatant hypocrisy, in outbursts of self-mockery. We follow his involuted response to his status as a converted Jew, observe the psychic toll of debilitating bouts of illness, and witness the shattering effects of his aggressive, often brutal conduct toward friend and foe alike. Manuel analyzes in intricate detail the central role of Marx's enduring relationship with Friedrich Engels, which appears to transcend the bounds of friendship, and his changing behavior toward his wife, Jenny, the neurotic and tragic figure who shared his dismal London exile.

What becomes clear in this narrative is the link between Marx's personal life and his ideas about class struggle, revolutionary strategy, and utopia--as well as the impact of his personal vision and political tactics on the movements that followed him, down to our day.


Reviews about A Requiem for Karl Marx (5):
Ffyan
This is a wonderful reading about Marx the man and his particular brand of "scientific" socialism. It reveals Marx's insecurities, self-loathing, bigotry, and financial failures, as well as his life as essentially an attempt to burry all that in a heavenly vision of a new society, which Marx constantly nurtured through intense intellectual persuites.
This is a portrait of Marx, a humanistic intellectual, as he is revealed in his correspondence with Engels and his actions in a Victorian/Dickensian London. This is a man whose idealism and a feeling of being discriminated against led him eventually to adopt the attitude of suspicion and contempt for almost all human beings, this is Marx-Halevy trying to escape his own roots and ending up planting seeds of communist revolutions in backward, agrarian societies for which he had so much contempt.
Riavay
Marx makes better sense from his critics and having proceeded through all I could find in the JC series in the stacks I came across this one. Not bad, although a few cliches are crusting around the edges, this from the author of the fine mega-volume, Utopia in Western Thought. This title might go well with Derrida's Spectre of Marx. The problem is that people have been refuting him since the end of the nineteenth century, and many of these first critics were the most acute. Marx as a self-hating jew is a canard, although his tract on the Jewish Question is seen now rightly as a tale of unintended consequences. The strangeness of Marx lingers in the combination of brilliance and shoddiness that left his work bound in its mystique, one that loses the obvious insights of the 1840's journalist. All in all however this is worth reading. Like a rubber duck, Marx always seems to reflotate, and the journalist of the 1840's still haunts modernity.
Steel_Blade
while the historical detail is interesting, there is copious use of quotations, from correspondence between marx and engels and of his contemporaries, it is the author's opinions and conjecture that really let this book down.
frank e. manuel seems determined to attach the "self-hating jew" label to marx whenever possible, even though many times he ends up having to qualify his statements by labelling them as guesswork or hypothesis on his part.
even worse is his linkage of marx's theories to present times, and the critical and ignorant way in which he does this.
take for instance:
"The vocabulary for labeling social classes has changed radically since Marx's death, particularly in advanced industrial societies. In the United States, middle class is the preferred self-designation of most Americans, proletariat has disappeared... It is difficult to imagine a struggle among these classes or to imagine what alliances and alignments they might form."
the sheer idiocy revealed in this small quotation speaks volumes about the author, and his limited understanding of marxist theory. the "preferred self-designation of most Americans" is irrelevant to their actual econmic conditions, it simply reveals the yearning of many to "ascend" to the ranks of the petit bourgeois.
while the author finds it hard to envisage class struggle in the US, many of the pre-requisite conditions are present. in 1999 11.8% of the US population was living in poverty, figures compiled in 1995 show that the richest 10% of the population have 70% of the overall wealth. the disparity between the rich and the poor continues to grow in the US, reaching levels that are higher now than in the 1930s.
the author, and perhaps the people he refers to, would love to imagine some capitalist utopia where there is only a middle class and the super rich living in harmony, the simple facts themselves belie this fantasy. while people may not have achieved the level of class-consciousness necessary to realise their role as the proletariat, and while they might not use marxist phraseology to describe their class status, reality on the ground shows that the inequalities that marx saw in his time are alive and well today.
my verdict on this book; too much opinion, not enough facts.
Kirizius
In this book, Frank E. Manuel attempts to give the reader an unbiased, historical account of Marx as he really was. We, as a group, were left with the impression of Marx as a self-loathing man on a self-prescribed "heavenly" quest. His rejection of his Jewish heritage colored his dealings with the rest of the world. He spent his life fighting for the liberation of a people that he neither knew nor liked on a personal level. The cost of this quest was his financial freedom, family life and physical health.
Manuel's biography of Marx provides the reader with a gripping account of one of the most fasciniting characters of the 19th century. An overall captivating depiction of his life, work and death. It is well written and we recommend it to anyone studying Marx or his theories.

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