Collected Works, Volume 39: Letters 1852-55
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
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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.
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 It contains all works published by Marx and Engels in their lifetimes and numerous unpublished manuscripts and letters.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The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and previously unpublished or untranslated manuscripts.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.
up. However, I think I shall be able to send you something regularly each week now, and shortly, perhaps, something for a feuilleton by way of a change. I am setded here in Manchester for the present, luckily in a position which, besides much independence, affords me various advantages; Marx and other friends occasionally come u p from London to see me and, so long as Weerth is in Bradford, we arrange a regular shuttle-service between here and there, as the railway journey only takes 2 V2 hours.
himself. The 'AND NOW STAND FORTH, THOU MAN OF "UNADORNED ELOQUENCE", RICHARD COBDEN' is splendid. In it Master John Bright was rightly recognised as the only dangerous fellow, although the gentlemen are not free from illusions in regard to Graham. Precisely now this unscrupulous old ambitieux" constitutes a very real danger to the Tories. Bon voyage to the patriotic gold diggers! Thus the term 'underminer' at last acquires a true meaning and content.1' The new connection with Mr Rémusat is
MEGA, Abt. I l l , Bd. 1, 1929 Printed according to the original Published in English for the first time """" 69 MARX T O ADOLF CLUSS 165 IN WASHINGTON [London, 20 July 1852] ... With a difference of at most 10 votes in favour of either Whigs or Tories, the elections here will produce the same old Parliament. The cercle vicieux* is complete. The same old a virtuous - b in other respects a very good republican (an allusion to cœur du roi—king's heart) - c E. Cœurderoy, O. Vauthier, La Barrière
July 1852. - h Saedt - c place unknown - d See previous letter. 146 75. Marx to Engels. 5 August 1852 the Whigs against the Democrats, because he rightly believes this ELECTIONEERING TIME is the best moment at which to sell himself. Greeley reported in the Tribune the speech Heinzen made there, and went on to praise the man." So storm clouds are threatening me from that quarter. 2. Having for weeks, and particularly for the past fortnight, been forced to spend 6 hours a day chasing after 6d
which 150 77. Marx to Engels. 6 August 1852 the same Kinkel boasts of his intention to enter into political relations with me: 'your letter—and this is precisely why 'it was provoked — provides a new and striking proof that the said Kinkel is a cleric whose baseness is only equalled by his cowardice. Dr Karl Marx' This last was swallowed in silence by Mr Johann etc. who, since then, has carefully avoided letting us hear anything more from him. Kossuth's secret circular, which Cluss speaks of