Books: Father of Socialism

KARL MARX: HIS LIFE AND WORK—By Otto Ruble; translated by Eden and Cedar Paul—Viking Press ($5).

There is a fairest and most illuminating time to look at a great man dead. That time for Karl Marx, holy father of Socialism of all tints, from palest parlor pink to Russianest Soviet red, is his poverty-stricken, voluminously literary period in England (1849 to his death in 1883).

Back of that is his birth (1818) in Rhenish Prussian Treves, son of a Jewish lawyer, with a long line of learned rabbis behind the...

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