Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, edited and translated by Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith. New York: International Publishers. 482 pp.
When Antonio Gramsci’s Letters from Prison were first published, ten years after his early death, Benedetto Croce—his old teacher and adversary who survived him—hailed the martyred leader of Italy’s Communist party as “one of the great literati of our country.” Twenty years later, the provincial government (not leftist but Christian Democratic) of his native Sardinia called a “Gramsci Congress,” which brought together philosophers, historians, and critics from many countries. Today there is hardly a major city...
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