Love and Capital by Mary Gabriel
Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution

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Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written, LOVE AND CAPITAL is a heartbreaking and dramatic saga of the family side of the man whose works would redefine the world after his death.

Drawing upon years of research, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel brings to light the story of Karl and Jenny Marx's marriage. We follow them as they roam Europe, on the run from governments amidst an age of revolution and a secret network of would-be revolutionaries, and see Karl not only as an intellectual, but as a protective father and loving husband, a revolutionary, a jokester, a man of tremendous passions, both political and personal.

In LOVE AND CAPITAL, Mary Gabriel has given us a vivid, resplendent, and truly human portrait of the Marxes-their desires, heartbreak and devotion to each other's ideals.
 

About Mary Gabriel

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Mary Gabriel was educated in the United States and France, and worked in Washington and London as a Reuters editor for nearly two decades. She is the author of two previous biographies: Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored, and The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone. She lives in Italy.
 
Published September 14, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 769 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Former Reuters journalist Gabriel (The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone, 2002, etc.) offers a rich, humanizing portrait of the Marx family.

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Gabriel (Notorious Victoria) offers a magisterial account of the lives of Karl Marx and his wife, Jenny von Westphalen, remarkable for the ease with which it moves between the domestic and the politic

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Gabriel (Notorious Victoria) offers a magisterial account of the lives of Karl Marx and his wife, Jenny von Westphalen, remarkable for the ease with which it moves between the domestic and the politic

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A new biography looks at Karl Marx’s private life, especially his devoted wife.

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A new biography looks at Karl Marx’s private life, especially his devoted wife.

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Publishers Weekly

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Gabriel (Notorious Victoria) offers a magisterial account of the lives of Karl Marx and his wife, Jenny von Westphalen, remarkable for the ease with which it moves between the domestic and the politic

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With kids playing at his feet, he penned the works that poisoned a century.

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Book Reporter

In this beautiful and comprehensive biography, Gabriel restores the voices of Jenny Marx and her children to their rightful place in the birth of a movement that would come to dominate political discourse in the 20th century.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

As political revolutions continue to topple repressive regimes in the 21st century, it is useful to remember that Karl Marx was a relatively unknown figure during his lifetime.

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BookPage

Apart from their persistent poverty, brought on by Karl’s chronic inability to meet a deadline and the utter indifference with which his books were received once finally published, the Marxes endured constant illnesses, the deaths of several children and even a few moments of shocking infidelity ...

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In this beautiful and comprehensive biography, Gabriel restores the voices of Jenny Marx and her children to their rightful place in the birth of a movement that would come to dominate political discourse in the 20th century.

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The Daily Beast

Karl Marx famously said, “If anything is certain it is that I am not a Marxist.” Nowhere was that more evident than in the Marx family home in London.

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NY Times Book Review 3 of 5 Stars"No one should disagree with Plutarch's view that personality matters in history, but Gabriel writes in her introduction that without the women in Marx's life, ‘there would have been no Karl Marx, and without Karl Marx the world would not be as we know it.' Is tha...

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With kids playing at his feet, he penned the works that poisoned a century.

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