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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Proletarian literature refers to a literature tradition created by proletarian authors, or working-class writers. A proletarian author has several characteristics central ones being a working-class background, upbringing in a working class social milieu, and their influence in proletarian authors' writings.

Tim Hall defines proletarian literature as follows: "in the fullest sense (it) calls upon all working people and discontented intellectuals to associate directly—to organize against capitalism itself, to attack the problem of social class at its roots."

Proletarian authors were, and often are, autodidacts, or self-taught persons who have adopted a Marxist perspective on their writing.

A research tradition studying proletarian literature and proletarian authors among other themes, such as class and its current meanings in the capitalist countries, is working-class studies.

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