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Paul O’Flinn


Them and Us in Literature


Paul O’Flinn: Them and Us in Literature, Pluto Press, London 1975.
Copied with thanks from REDS – Die Roten.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

I do not play my guitar
for applause;
I sing of the difference
between what is true and false
otherwise I do not sing

Violeta Parra (Chile)

Paul O’Flinn raids Eng. Lit. for a few ideas, a few laughs and a few arguments against the ruling culture. He looks at Shakespeare and human potential, Dickens and factory workers, Hardy and women, Orwell, Forster, Golding and others, in twelve short chapters.


A lot of recent Marxist writing about literature seems to me to be inaccessible and boring. This book is meant to be Marxist but I’ve tried to make it accessible and not boring.


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