by Marcus E. Green
In 1957, the first English translations
of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks
appeared in print. Today there are at least
six separate English-language anthologies
that contain selected translations drawn
from Gramsci’s twenty-nine Prison
In 1975, Valentino Gerratana
edited and published the first complete
and critical Italian edition of Gramsci’s
Prison Notebooks, entitled Quaderni del
Carcere, published by Einaudi. Since
its publication, Gerratana’s edition
has become the standard edition of the Prison
Notebooks throughout the world.
Gerratana created a critical
reference apparatus that distinguishes the
notebook number and note number in Gramsci’s
Prison Notebooks. For instance, Notebook
1, §47 indicates Notebook 1, section
47. Gramsci scholars have adopted Gerratana’s
critical reference apparatus as the standard
reference practice for citing Gramsci’s
In the early 1990s, Joseph
A. Buttigieg began translating a complete
and critical English edition of Gramsci’s
Prison Notebooks based upon the
Gerratana edition. Columbia
University Press published Volume 1
in 1992, which contains Notebooks 1 and
2, and in 1996 published Volume 2, which
contains Notebooks 3, 4, and 5.
Because there are many
incomplete anthologies of Gramsci’s
Prison Notebooks available in English, it
is often difficult to cross-reference the
various anthologies with the critical edition.
Because of this problem, I have organized
two sets of concordance tables. The tables
list the translations of the Prison Notebooks
available English, and they cross-reference
the page numbers of the anthologies with
the critical reference apparatus (i.e. notebook
# and note #).
of the Prison Notebooks
This table cross-references the page numbers
of three major anthologies of the Prison
Notebooks with the notebook numbers and
note numbers that correspond to the critical
reference apparatus. The anthologies include:
Selection from the Prison Notebooks. Translated
and edited by Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. New
York: International Publishers, 1971.
Selections from Cultural Writings. Translated by William
Boelhower. Edited by David Forgacs and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1985/1991.
Further Selections from the Prison Notebooks. Translated
and edited by Derek Boothman. Minneapolis: Minnesota University
TABLE 2: Critical
English Edition of the Prison Notebooks
This table includes a list of the critical English
translations of Gramsci's Prison Notebooks published
Prison Notebooks, Vol. 1. Translated
by Joseph A. Buttigieg and Antonio Callari.
Edited by Joseph A. Buttigieg. New York: Columbia
University Press, 1992.
Prison Notebooks, Vol. 2. Translated and
edited by Joseph A. Buttigieg. New York: Columbia
University Press, 1996.
To view a list of previously published concordance
tables, click here.
First published on the IGS website: June 2002.