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Marxism and Art

Essays Classic and Contemporary

Edited with Historical and Critical Commentary by Maynard Solomon

Art, Philosophy

Published: May 1984
ISBN: 9780814316214
Pages: 696 Size: 6x9

The best anthology on the subject in English which I know.

— Herbert Marcuse

Marxism and Art is a book of basic readings in Marxist criticism and aesthetics. Maynard Solomon, through his selections and critical introductions, shows connections between the arts and society, between imagination nd history, and between art and revolution. He selects from thirty-six authors to reveal the range of opinion from dogma to heresy, beginning with excerpts from the works of Marx and Engels that are pertinent to an understanding of Marxist philosophy.
The book traverses a wide range of subjects from the origins of art to the nature of creativity, the aesthetic experience, the dialectics of consciousness, the psychology of art, and the evolution of art forms. The sources of art in ritual, in the labor process, in the play drive, and in social conflict are explored.

Maynard Solomon is the author of Beethoven (1977) and the editor of the volume Myth, Creativity, Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honor of Harry Slochower (1979).

Contributors Include:
Theodor W. Adorno, Mikhail Bakhtin, Bela Balazs, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, Andre Breton, Nikolai Bukharin, Christopher Caudwell, Friedrich Engels, Sidney Finkelstein, Ernst Fischer, Antonio Gramsci, Karl Kautsky, Antonio Labriola, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Georg Lukacs, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Andrew Malraux, Herbert Marcuse, Karl Marx, Franz Mehring, William Morris, Georgi Plekhanov, Max Raphael, Harry Slochower, George Thomson, Leon Trotsky, Alick West

This is an exceptional anthology because Solomon wisely guides us through it with his informative introductions and illuminating commentary . . . The volume is a welcome addition to Marxist literature.

– The Library Journal

The best anthology on the subject in English which I know.

– Herbert Marcuse, was a German Jewish philosopher, sociologist and political theorist