Paul Lafargue

1842 - 1911

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Paul Lafargue (French: [lafaʁg]; 15 January 1842 – 25 November 1911) was a Cuban-born French revolutionary Marxist socialist, political writer, economist, journalist, literary critic, and activist; he was Karl Marx's son-in-law, having married his second daughter, Laura. His best known work is The Right to Be Lazy. Born in Cuba to French and Creole parents, Lafargue spent most of his life in France, with periods in England and Spain. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Lafargue has received more than 392,665 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. Paul Lafargue is the 553rd most popular writer (up from 554th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Cuba (up from 8th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Cuban Writer.

Paul Lafargue was a French Marxist theorist and activist. He is most famous for his work "The Right to Be Lazy."

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Droit à la paresse
Critiques littéraires
Le droit à la paresse
Le déterminisme économique de Karl Marx
The evolution of property from savagery to civilization
Born in Cuba on January 15, 1842, Lafargue was a child of the New World, although he was a citizen of France. Educated and trained as a physician, he found his true calling as a revolutionary, a speaker, writer, agitator, and organizer on behalf of French working people. He took an active part in the Paris Commune and was one of the founders of the party of revolutionary socialists in France. He held public office and represented the French workers at international congresses. He also spent time in French jails.
Socialism and the intellectuals

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Over the past year Paul Lafargue has had the most page views in the with 58,132 views, followed by French (31,941), and Spanish (21,033). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Egyptian Arabic (57.35%), Malayalam (42.57%), and Basque (38.77%)


Among writers, Paul Lafargue ranks 553 out of 7,302Before him are Gustav Meyrink, Georg Trakl, Patrick Süskind, Mo Yan, Robert Burns, and Klaus Mann. After him are Arthur Koestler, W. Somerset Maugham, Francisco de Quevedo, Mikael Agricola, George Eliot, and Dino Buzzati.

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Among people born in 1842, Paul Lafargue ranks 12Before him are Alfred Marshall, Karl May, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Dominic Savio, Josef Breuer, and Camille Flammarion. After him are Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Okita Sōji, Hermann Cohen, Arrigo Boito, Georg Brandes, and Vasily Vereshchagin. Among people deceased in 1911, Paul Lafargue ranks 8Before him are Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Wilhelm Dilthey, Francis Galton, Alfred Binet, Joseph Pulitzer, and Pyotr Stolypin. After him are Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Georg Jellinek, Emilio Salgari, Maria Pia of Savoy, Valentin Serov, and Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg.

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In Cuba

Among people born in Cuba, Paul Lafargue ranks 7 out of 300Before him are Fidel Castro (1926), Raúl Castro (1931), Fulgencio Batista (1901), José Raúl Capablanca (1888), Italo Calvino (1923), and José Martí (1853). After him are Camilo Cienfuegos (1932), Alberto Korda (1928), Andy García (1956), Gloria Estefan (1957), Compay Segundo (1907), and Emilio Mola (1887).

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Among WRITERS In Cuba

Among writers born in Cuba, Paul Lafargue ranks 3Before him are Italo Calvino (1923), and José Martí (1853). After him are Nicolás Guillén (1902), José-Maria de Heredia (1842), Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1929), Leonardo Padura Fuentes (1955), José Lezama Lima (1910), Pedro Juan Gutiérrez (1950), Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (1814), José María Heredia y Heredia (1803), and Alina Fernández (1956).