Karl Marx: His Life and Thought

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Karl Marx: His Life and Thought
Karl Marx, his life and thought, 1973 edition.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorDavid McLellan
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectKarl Marx
PublisherMacmillan Publishers
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages464 (1995 edition)

Karl Marx: His Life and Thought is a 1973 biography of Karl Marx by the political scientist David McLellan. The work was republished as Karl Marx: A Biography in 1995.


McLellan deals with Marx's intellectual, political and private life. The 1995 edition includes a critical bibliography that briefly evaluates numerous works dealing with Marx and Marxism, among them Isaiah Berlin's Karl Marx: His Life and Environment (1939), Herbert Marcuse's Reason and Revolution (1941), and Leszek Kołakowski's Main Currents of Marxism (1976).[1]


The political theorist Terrell Carver described the book as, "The most comprehensive scholarly account of Marx's life and works".[2] The historian of science Roger Smith called it "readable and reliable".[3]



  1. ^ McLellan 1995. pp. 269-270, 438-447.
  2. ^ Carver 1995. p. 211.
  3. ^ Smith 1997. p. 954.


  • Berlin, Isaiah; Ryan, Alan; Carver, Terrell (1995). Karl Marx: His Life and Environment. London: Fontana Press. ISBN 0-00-686339-6.
  • McLellan, David (1995). The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction. London: Papermac. ISBN 0-333-63948-0.
  • Smith, Roger (1997). The Norton History of the Human Sciences. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-31733-1.

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