On 5 May 1818 in the quiet rural town of Trier, on the Western border of Prussia (now Germany), a son was born into a comfortable upper middle-class home on the river Moselle. Karl was the third of nine children born to Henriette and Hirschel Marx. In his youth he wrote lyric poetry; later he became a philosopher, newspaperman, historian, social scientist, and revolutionary. Today Marx is widely recognized as the most influential socialist thinker of the nineteenth century; in fact, until recently almost half the world’s population lived in societies that claimed to be Marxist. But even in his own lifetime his ideas were modified and adapted to such a variety of circumstances that Marx himself denied being a Marxist. His ultimate concern was the development of human potential and…

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Citation: Wood, Kelsey. "Karl Marx". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 October 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2970, accessed 14 July 2024.]

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