This article accompanies the fable
Below is a photo of their first two children, Jenny Carolina and Jenny Laura Marx - they were named after their mother. There is humor and affection here - why is Laura not looking at the camera?
The star of the family was the youngest daughter, Eleanor "Tussy" Marx.
The allegation that Karl Marx fathered a son with their housekeeper Helene Demuth surfaced a few years ago. All we really know is that in 1851 she gave birth to a boy, who grew up to be Frederick Demuth, but she never revealed the name of the father. It would have been such a stunning act of betrayal in a close-knit family that I have trouble believing Marx was the father.
What I find much more interesting is the love of Shakespeare that all the Marx family shared, including Jenny's father who recited Shakespeare (in German, I assume) to both Jenny and Karl, even before they were married (in 1843). Marx's daughter Eleanor remembered, "As to Shakespeare, he was the Bible of our house, seldom out of our hands or mouths. By the time I was six, I knew scene upon scene of Shakespeare by heart."
That Shakespeare could stimulate the imagination of Karl Marx and perhaps sits at the heart of Marxism itself, is a wonderful notion. Ah, but which play above all? Timon of Athens? Hamlet? King Lear? The Tempest?