This two-volume edition of Antonio Gramsci's personal and vivid prison letters reveals a political thinker exploring the nature of imprisonment, along with a remarkable variety of other questions in politics, sociology, history, philosophy, folklore and literature. Gramsci's letters deal with the oppressive, emotionally tumultuous life he led in prison. Letters to his mother candidly explain the political and moral reasons for his imprisonment. Letters to his wife and sister-in-law clarify Gramsci's feelings as a husband, father, friend and comrade. Letters to Piero Sraffa in 1932 detail his views on the philosophy of Bendetto Croce. A poignant series of letters discusses his philosophy of education, as applied to his nieces and nephews in Sardinia and to his two sons away at school in Moscow.
Frank Rosengarten is professor emeritus of Italian and comparative literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of The Italian Anti-Fascist Press; The Writings of the Young Marcel Proust (1885-1900): An Ideological Critique; and Urbane Revolutionary: C.L.R. James and the Struggle for a New Society.Raymond Rosenthal (1915-1995) was a world-renowned translator of Italian literature.