By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. December 26, 2017
Mary Edna Tobias Marcy (May 8, 1877 – December 8, 1922) was an American
socialist author, pamphleteer, poet, and magazine editor. She is best remembered for her muckraking series of magazine articles on the meat industry, “Letters of a Pork Packer’s Stenographer,” as author of a widely translated socialist propaganda pamphlet regarded as a classic of the genre, Shop Talks on Economics, and as an assistant editor of the International Socialist Review, one of the most influential leftist journals.
My Review of her book.
Shop Talk on Economics by Mary Marcy
Reviewer: Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. – July 16, 2014
Subject: Mary Marcy: Victim of US capitalist-imperialist repression
The author, Mary Marcy, was gifted with intelligence, integrity, honesty, courage, simplicity, selflessness, and other higher human qualities. This book was the result of those qualities. In it, she attempted to simplify the complex theories, concepts, and language of Marx and Marxism to make it easier and understandable to common working class and other men and women. She did an excellent job in doing that. This was a great service to them as well as to socialism. Capitalist and imperialist government repression and persecution ruined her career and life and the ungrateful American nation lost a great and passionate fighter and writer for justice and truth.
Demoralized by the disintegration of the American left in the years after the conclusion of World War I and suffering depression exacerbated by the loss of her Bowmanville, Illinois home, Mary Marcy committed suicide by poison on December 8, 1922, when she was 45. Her last words were recorded as follows: “I want rest. No funeral, no flowers, cremation.
My review of her book.
Out of the Dump by Mary Marcy Mary Marcy-Out_of_the_Dump
Reviewer: Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. – July 30, 2014
Subject: A great soul and talent extinguished by American capitalism
This book is truly inspiring, especially in the current age of all-round decadence and mutilations of human nature. Mary overcame so many barriers and hardships so courageously, against all odds, and became such a great writer and fighter of and for the working class and for creating a classless society. Even though she was active in far more hopeful times, still the depravity, politico-economic ignorance, greed, selfishness, and decadence of human nature in the American society were incomparably more widespread in the population than the qualities of politico-economic knowledge and depth, working class consciousness, justice, truth, goodness, equality, and peacefulness. Extremist capitalist repression ruined her career, hopes, and life.