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The English edition of Madame Bovary hosted by Gutenberg was translated by none other than Eleanor Marx ... Karl Marx's youngest daughter. I had no idea. I probably should have known, but I didn't.

Readers Comments

  1. Resolute Reader Thursday 11 May 2006

    Eleanor Marx was responsible for translating a number of works by Ibsen, as well as Lissagaray's "History of the Commune of 1871". However, she really deserves to be remembered for her other activities - an active socialist and writer in her own right, she was intrinsically linked to the fledgling British Trade Union movement, and threw herself into supporting to the great London dockstrike of 1889, as well as the famous Matchgirl's strike. She went on to help organise the Gas Workers union, eventually becoming it's leader.

    If you want to know more about this wonderful woman, too often described in the shadow of her father, I recommend Yvonne Kapps' incredible two volume biography.

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