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Negation of the Negation By Hubert Kennedy
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This collection of articles dealing with the mathematical manuscripts of Karl Marx analyzes in particular Marx’s view of the derivative and the differential. His approach to these basic... More > concepts of differential calculus is seen to be a model application of the dialectical principle of the negation of the negation. The small volume also contains portraits of Marx and Engels along with several historians of mathematics involved with the publication and discussion of the manuscripts.< Less
Modern Themes By John Henry Mackay
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“Existences”and “Only a Waitress”, the two stories in Modern Themes, are pioneering works in the history of the literary movement of Naturalism in Germany. This translation,... More > the first in English, make these absorbing stories available once again. Readers may now judge for themselves how penetrating the early observational powers of Mackay really were. Written before Mackey’s discovery of the writings of Max Stirner, they clearly show how prepared he was to receive the views of Stirner. Mackay was already seeing reality with a clear eye and judging it with an understanding mind. But these novellas remain unique among his works and new readers will enjoy discovering yet another side to the many talents of John Henry Mackay.< Less
Die Menschen der Ehe By John Henry Mackay
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Nach den ANARCHISTEN ein kleiner Seitensprung, die ‘Schilderungen aus einer kleinen Stadt’: DIE MENSCHEN DER EHE. Sie waren eine Enttäuschung. Man hatte – warum weiß ich... More > nicht – dickleibige Erörterungen über das Problem der Ehe erwartet. Ich bedauere. Ich fühle mich hier gänzlich inkompetent, obwohl ich mich, viele Jahre später, 1930, mit einem kleinen Einakter, der ‘Szene’: EHE noch einmal auf dieses gefährliche Gebiet wagte. Alles, was ich, dort wie hier, wollte, war: an einem Beispiel zu zeigen, um wie viel schöner und reiner die – damals noch! – so vielgeschmähte ‘freie Liebe’ war, als das – auch heute noch! – so heftig verteidigte Institut der Ehe und um wie viel richtiger es ist, auseinanderzugehen, als beisammenzubleiben, wenn man sich nicht mehr liebt. (John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, 1932)< Less
Sex and Math in Harvard Yard By Hubert Kennedy
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James Mills Peirce (1834–1906) was a respected—and secretly gay—mathematics professor at Harvard University. This imaginative biography recreates college life at Harvard in the late... More > nineteenth century and gives a realistic picture of the life of an intellectual coming to terms with his homosexuality. The intimate glimpses into his sex life add a charming touch to the historically accurate picture of the development of graduate education in New England. Those with an interest in the history of mathematics and/or the early history of the gay movement in Europe will especially appreciate this thoughtful and thoroughly researched presentation by a scholar of both subjects.< Less
Modern Themes By John Henry Mackay
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“Existences”and “Only a Waitress”, the two stories in Modern Themes, are pioneering works in the history of the literary movement of Naturalism in Germany. This translation,... More > the first in English, make these absorbing stories available once again. Readers may now judge for themselves how penetrating the early observational powers of Mackay really were. Written before Mackey’s discovery of the writings of Max Stirner, they clearly show how prepared he was to receive the views of Stirner. Mackay was already seeing reality with a clear eye and judging it with an understanding mind. But these novellas remain unique among his works and new readers will enjoy discovering yet another side to the many talents of John Henry Mackay.< Less
Moderne Stoffe By John Henry Mackay
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John Henry Mackays Erzählungen „Existenzen” und „Nur eine Kellnerin”, die er unter dem Obertitel Moderne Stoffe. Zwei Berliner Geschichten zusammenfaßte, sind... More > bahnbrechende Werke in der Geschichte des Naturalismus in der Deutschen Literatur, haben jedoch nie die Aufmerksamkeit erfahren, die sie verdienen. Die vorliegende Neuausgabe macht die mitreißenden Texte mehr als ein Jahrhundert nach der Erstveröffentlichung (1888) wieder zugänglich und ermöglicht es dem Leser, sich selbst ein Urteil über die Beobachtungsgabe und das schriftstellerische Talent des damals gerade 20jährigen Mackay zu bilden. Geschrieben, bevor er das Werk des Philosophen Max Stirner wiederentdeckte (und veröffentlicht vor seinem 1891 erschienenen Buch Die Anarchisten, der ihm internationale Anerkennung brachte), belegen sie, wie sehr Mackay schon bereit war für die Ansichten Stirners: Er nahm die gesellschaftliche Wirklichkeit mit unverstelltem Blick und tiefem Verständnis wahr.< Less
Black Bootee By Clair Francis Norman
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Who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery? But prepare yourself for a real treat, for Black Bootee is unlike any other mystery you have read. The convoluted plot itself is enough to tie you into a... More > Gordian knot of sleuthing. But it is the characters—the characters!—who will enthrall you. The cast is one such as you have never read about nor seen before. They are brave and bold, they are cowardly and devious—and you will love every twist and turn of their minds (and bodies). Good and bad lose all distinction in this original and absorbing “tale of treachery and double-dealing” (to quote the subtitle). The plot is woven so carefully and painstakingly that you know the author must have drawn maps to keep track of his characters’ movements. You will be tempted to do the same when some sequence of events appears not just unlikely, but downright impossible. And yet, everything works out as the implausible becomes possible and the mysteries are solved down to the last detail (well, almost).< Less
From My Life By Hubert Kennedy
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This is the frank, unvarnished biography of an unlikely polymath. Alas, the story ends just as his life begins to show promise. But what is here is surprisingly entertaining, with intriguing hints of... More > what-might-have-been. In it we see the well-known progression from an idealistic youth through painful frustrations to a realistic maturity—in this case ending with the dawning of a final satisfying egoism. There are numerous illustrations.< Less
Fenny Skaller By John Henry Mackay
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The novel Fenny Skaller is based on the author’s own life and tells the story of a boy-lover becoming aware of his own special kind of love. It was first published in Germany in 1913, but a... More > century later we can still feel in it the force of this love, for it is related by a master storyteller who was at the same time a fighter for his love – and his times were not so different from ours. Banned by the authorities when it was first published and burned by the Nazis, Fenny Skaller is still censored today by those who would try to prevent us from gaining a genuine knowledge of this love, for Mackay’s insights become ours as we read this fascinating page-turner. It is a moving story that grips us by its emotion and convinces by its authenticity.< Less
Der Schwimmer By John Henry Mackay
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John Henry Mackays Der Schwimmer, erstmals 1901 im angesehenen S. Fischer Verlag in Berlin erschienen, gehört zu den frühesten Sportromanen überhaupt. Mackay, selbst ein... More > leidenschaftlicher Schwimmer, hatte gute Kontakte zu den Sportschwimmern in Berlin. Das Bild, das er von den Wettkämpfen um 1900 zeichnet, ist dem heutigen Leser zwar noch weitgehend vertraut, enthält aber z. B. mit “Tellertauchen” und “Hindernisschwimmen” auch Wettbewerbe, die es längst nicht mehr gibt. Der Roman ist so auch ein historisches Dokument. Vor allem aber ist er eine spannende Geschichte um einen Sportler, der die Erregung des Sieges ebenso erlebt wie die lähmende Qual der Niederlage.< Less