Testament Against War and Suffering - Last Hope of the Rich. Maureen SCOTT.

Testament Against War and Suffering - Last Hope of the Rich

London: League of Socialist Artists, 1974. First edition. Side-stapled illustrated cover leaf printed on pink stock + [2], 13 leaves (printed rectos only), illus. Light edgewear, faint foxing along fore-edge. Eight copies in OCLC institutions, all in the UK.

In the introduction to her first publication of illustrated writings, Maureen Scott, declares: “I, as a Marxist-Leninist, see the immensity of human suffering, although I fight continually for those political weapons which alone can bring a solution to mankind’s future, and so know the need to cut through suffering and misery with the hard lessons of political power, to learn the science of revolution.” This is followed by three illustrated poems: “Poem - 1964,” (1964) “On Commitment” (1963), “Dachau: In Memoriam” and one testament accompanied by three illustrations of mothers and children.

Scott (b. 1940), a painter, graphic artist, poet, filmmaker and muralist, was a prominent member of the League of Socialist Artists (LSA), a group founded in London in 1971 to create “Marxist-Leninist proletarian art.” She and the other members also belonged to the Marxist-Leninist Organization of Britain and often targeted other left-wing artists who did not subscribe to socialist realism (see Walker, Left Shift: Radical Art in 1970s Britain, pp. 51-53). Item #06772

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