Lot 243: ALS in German, signed "R. Luxemburg," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, October 8, 1913. Letter to a comrade who contacted her with publishing questions, in part (translated): "This poem is hardly suitable for publishing. I would advise—if your time allows for it—to read our classic writings: Lassalle, Engels and Marx, you would certainly find many ideas and viewpoints. Right now, your essay to me seems to be based on solely warm feelings instead of clear concepts. That may also derive from the poetic form (of the essay). Having said that, I would be very pleased if you continued to dedicate yourself with the same enthusiasm to our good cause of socialism." In fine condition, with a fragile central mailing fold, mild soiling, and a few pencil notations. Accompanied by three unsigned postcard photos.One of the leading Marxist political theorists and economic reform advocates during the period of the Russian Revolution, Rosa Luxemburg would become a strong voice of opposition to World War I at a time when many of her comrades backed down. Using her fame to bolster the "cause of socialism," in this letter she encourages a fellow writer to stay involved. Offering advice on what to read and how to improve the submitted writing—promoting "clear concepts" over "warm feelings" and "poetic form"—this is a remarkable piece, written from a crucial time in her career. As the excesses of capitalism continue to raise concern and gain international attention, her book Accumulation of Capital (published the same year that this letter was written), continues to hold an important place in political philosophy, maintaining its relevance a hundred years after its publication.
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