Re: [OPE-L] W J Blake clarification requested

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Fri Nov 11 2005 - 15:58:15 EST

Raya Dunayevskaya was, with the pseudonym of Freddie Forrest,
political active by the 1930's (she was a secretary for Trotsky in 1938)
and because of her political influence her life has been pretty much of
an open book.  It's just not plausible to think that she could have
got her PhD from Radcliffe with the name Bernice Shoul and published
under that name and no one for all of the following years would have

Dunayevskaya's perspective was never very close to that of Grossmann
whereas Shoul was.  Also, their methodological perspectives during
the same time period were quite different with Shoul describing Marx's
method as one of successive approximation.

btw, Dunayevskaya was aware of Blake's book and recommended
reading it by  those who wanted to learn more about _Capital_.  She
also recommended Sweezy [_The Theory of Capitalist Development_,
Part I),  Dobb [_Political Economy and Capitalism_, Chapters I-IV],
Robinson [_An Essay on Marxian Economics_],   Roll [_A History of
Economic Thought_, Chapters V-VII], Lenin [_The Teachings of Karl
Marx_], Trotsky [_Living Thoughts of Karl Marx_], Engels [Review of
Marx's Critique of Political Economy_; _On Capital_] and  Marx's
_The Critique of the Gotha Programme_ and _Critique of Political
Economy_. [Source: _Outline of Marx's Capital, Volume One,  published
by News and Letters Committee, 1979 but originally written under the
name Freddie Forrest in the mid-1940s, p. 3]

Also, btw, an article by Forrest from 1946 on Rosa Luxemburg was
cited in the "Bibliography"  of Shoul's dissertation.

In solidarity, Jerry

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