Further Selections from the Prison Notebooks

Further Selections from the Prison Notebooks

Further Selections from the Prison Notebooks

Further Selections from the Prison Notebooks

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The publication in 1971 of Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith’s translation Selections from the Prison Notebooks (referred to in the present volume as SPN), replacing and greatly extending the 1957 volume The Modern Prince and Other Writings, was fundamental to the spread of Gramscian notions (and vocabulary) in the English-speaking world. Since then two other volumes of Gramsci’s Selected Political Writings have been published covering the years 1910-20 and 1921-26 (SPW 1910-20 and SPW 1921-26 respectively) as well as a volume Selections from Cultural Writings (SCW), dealing principally with literary culture (in its ‘high’ and popular varieties) that draws mainly, but not exclusively, on the Prison Notebooks. In addition a Gramsci Reader (GR), which includes key themes from all these Lawrence & Wishart volumes, has appeared, as have two partial selections (containing little overlap) from the prison letters and the beginnings of a series that, rather than grouping together writings on a given subject, will translate the notebooks exactly as they stand from the first through to the last. An idea of the importance attached to Gramsci’s ideas may be had from John Cammett’s bibliography (going up to 1988) of writings on him. This and its updates by the International Gramsci Society list around 100,000 articles, university theses and books (about one in ten in English) in 32 languages.

Further Selections from the Prison Notebooks is a natural continuation of the 1971 volume in particular but covers a rather different subject area. It was understandable that the . . .

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