Prison Letters

Prison Letters

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Antonio Gramsci is one of the great European Marxists, hailed by Eric Hobsbawm as 'an extraordinary philosopher ... probably the most original communist thinker of twentieth-century Europe'.

Gramsci developed Marx's ideas with an emphasis on culture rather than economics. This classic work reveals his thinking through letters to friends and family written whilst he was in prison.

His primary contribution has been in his insistence on an understanding of popular culture in the battle to create a revolutionary consciousness. It is this humanitarian aspect of his thinking that illuminates the vivid personal testimony of his prison letters, written between 1926 and 1937.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 24.13mm | 349.27g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 074531130X
  • 9780745311302
  • 1,668,762

Table of contents

Acknowledgements People in the Letters Introduction by Hamish Henderson Further Reading 1924 Profile by Piero Gobetti Letters
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Review quote

'An extraordinary philosopher ... probably the most original communist thinker of twentieth-century Europe' -- Eric Hobsbawm 'These letters are a noble and moving testament both to Mussolini's failure and to the courage and strength of will that drove Gramsci throughout his life' -- Observer
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About Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) was an Italian Marxist theorist and politician. He was a founding member and leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was subsequently imprisoned by Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. In prison he wrote numerous notebooks and letters, which were collected into the classic Prison Notebooks and Prison Letters (Pluto, 1997).
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