Antonio Gramsci’s Letters that Piero Sraffa did not Forward to the Italian Communist Party
Nerio Naldi ()
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Nerio Naldi: Università di Roma, La Sapienza
Chapter Chapter 18 in A Reflection on Sraffa’s Revolution in Economic Theory, 2021, pp 561-585 from Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract The relationship between Piero Sraffa and Antonio Gramsci, begun in 1919, was complex, deep and extremely significant to both of their lives. It is also very difficult to probe, because it included involvement in the activity of a revolutionary party, the Italian Communist Party, which was under heavy attack from the Fascists and since 1926 had been declared illegal, and because over the decade during which Gramsci was held in prison their relationship could be kept up only through the channels offered by Gramsci’s sister in law, Tatiana Schucht, who was able to exchange correspondence with both Gramsci and Sraffa and visit Gramsci in prison. Gramsci’s letters from prison and the role played by Sraffa in forwarding them to the Italian Communist Party will be at the centre of this paper. Before getting to that point, however, we will spend some words to introduce the main characters of the story—Antonio Gramsci, Tatiana Schucht and Piero Sraffa—and to outline their relationships.
Keywords: Antonio Gramsci; Tatiana Schucht; Piero Sraffa; Italian Communist Party (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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