Norman Geras was born in 1943 in what is now Zimbabwe, and came to England in 1962 to study at Oxford. He started teaching at the University of Manchester where he would become a Professor in the Department of Government. He was an important part of the New Left movement and an editorial board member and contributor at New Left Review. He contributed to Marxist political theory throughout his life, most prominently in his books Marx and Human Nature: Refutation of a Legend and Literature of Revolution: Essays on Marxism. On his retirement he started a blog, normblog, and remained a prolific voice on politics until his death in 2013.