Karl Marx


Karl Heinrich Marx was born in Trier, in the Kingdom of Prussia’s Province of the Lower Rhine which is now in south-west Germany.

Marx married in 1843 to Jenny von Westphalen, the daughter of a prominent Prussian baron.

He is best known for his work ‘The Communist Manifesto’ which was published in 1848 and Das Kapital in 1867.

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Mary Anne Evans


Mary Anne Evans was born in 1819 in Warwickshire and is better known under her pen name, George Eliot.

She was the daughter of a local farmer and it was his father’s importance to the Arbury Hall Estate that allowed the young novelist to gain access to the Library which greatly enhanced her education.

Mary Evans decided to publish under her pen name George Eliot so that her works would be taken seriously.

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