Mrs. Engels

Mrs. Engels

Book - 2015
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A tale inspired by the enigmatic Irish lover of Communist Manifesto co-author Frederick Engels traces the experiences of an impoverished factory employee who navigates complex landscapes of Victorian society.
Publisher: New York :, Catapult,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781936787296
Branch Call Number: FIC McCre
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 30, 2016

A look at Frederick Engels and Karl Marx from the distaff side. Lizzie Burns never marries Engels, but remains his helpmate. Her poor Irish factory background makes her a good mate for Engels. The philosophy he preaches may support the proletariat, but it appears that that really doesn’t include helping his wife. Certainly their union is more egalitarian than others in Victorian England, but she still bears the brunt of the work around the house and he garners the praise. Although at times, I wanted the book to more quickly, the author was true to the period and created a story which showed the climate of the times as well as the relationship between Engels and Mrs. Engels.

Feb 03, 2016

In this novel, McCrea imagines the life of Lizzie Burns, a poor, illiterate cotton worker from Manchester who lived for many years with Engels. It provides a portrait of the domestic life of the Marx and Engels's families. I was sceptical at first - this is not a serious book - but the author gave Lizzie Burns a voice.

Dec 22, 2015

A fictitious autobiography by the girlfriend of Frederich Engels, around the time of one of his and Marx' most productive periods, 1870 to 1872. Tongue in cheek and cute ... especially the fish out of water syndrome. Of note is that the champions of the proletariat actually lead upper-class lifestyles. Hmm...

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