Karl tells it like it is


This yellow slave
Will knit and break religions, bless th’accursed,
Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves,
And give them title, knee, and approbation
With senators on the bench

One of Marx’s favourite quotes from Timon of Athens. The yellow slave, of course, is money. Gert spent last weekend with her philosophy mates reading Marx. Three cheers for the old boy, who really did see the future. It’s a pity his so-called followers in Russia and China made a travesty of his ideas.

And thank goodness this threat didn’t come to pass:

Dear Herr Doktor:
You are already 10 months behind with the manuscript of Das Kapital, which you have agreed to write for us. If we do not receive the manuscript within 6 months, we shall be obliged to commission another to do this work.

Letter to Karl Marx from his Leipzig publisher

George Plimpton The Writer’s Chapbook Viking 1989 134
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7 thoughts on “Karl tells it like it is

  1. The quote from Timon is ever true, witness the current shenanigans in the grand old U S of A.

    I wonder if Marx got his finger out after this threatening letter from his publisher. Did they want their advance (“this yellow slave”) back from Karl, hmm?

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