Collected Works, Volume 39: Letters 1852-55

Collected Works, Volume 39: Letters 1852-55

Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

Language: English

Pages: 796

ISBN: 2:00221898

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Volume info:

Volume 39 contains letters of Marx and Engels from 1852 to 1855. They discuss the political activities of Marx and Engels during the period of political reaction after the defeat of the 1848-49 revolution and the trials undergone during these years by Marx and Engels and their associates. The letters throw light on various aspects of their studies and literary work, including the conception and publishing history of Marx's The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, how Engels' Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany came to be written, and their co-operation as political journalists. The letters give some idea of the extensive contacts that Marx and Engels maintained with proletarian circles in Germany, England, the USA and other countries.

MECW info:

Marx/Engels Collected Works (MECW) is the largest collection of translations into English of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It contains all works published by Marx and Engels in their lifetimes and numerous unpublished manuscripts and letters. The Collected Works, which was translated by Richard Dixon and others, consists of 50 volumes. It was compiled and printed between 1975 and 2005 by Progress Publishers (Moscow) in collaboration with Lawrence and Wishart (London) and International Publishers (New York).

The Collected Works contains material written by Marx between 1835 and his death in 1883, and by Engels between 1838 and his death in 1895. The early volumes include juvenilia, including correspondence between Marx and his father, Marx's poetry, and letters from Engels to his sister. Several volumes collect the pair's articles for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung.

Other volumes in the Collected Works contain well-known works of Marx and Engels, including The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and previously unpublished or untranslated manuscripts. The Collected Works includes 13 volumes of correspondence by the mature Marx and Engels, covering the period from 1844 through 1895.
Although the Collected Works is the most complete collection of the work by Marx and Engels published to date in English, it is not their complete works. A project to publish the pair's complete works in German is expected to require more than 120 volumes.



















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