Collected Works, Volume 40: Letters 1856-59
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
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Volume 40 contains the letters of Marx and Engels from 1856 to 1859. Many deal with Marx's work in 1857-58 on a series of economic manuscripts that formed the first rough draft of Capital, and with the writing and publication in June 1859 of A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, which embodied the results of his research during that period. Of considerable interest are the letters of Marx and Engels to Ferdinand Lassalle which formulate a number of cardinal propositions of Marxist aesthetics, as well as dealing with questions of current politics and tactics.
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 It contains all works published by Marx and Engels in their lifetimes and numerous unpublished manuscripts and letters.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The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and previously unpublished or untranslated manuscripts.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.
nature (p. 442). In their letters, Marx and Engels touch on the problem of the writer's political position, and on the connection of literature and art with life. Believing that a definite ideological and political orientation is inherent in any work of art, the founders of Marxism always deplored attempts to separate art and politics— the theory of 'art for art's sake'. It was at that time that they condemned the tendency of the poet Ferdinand Freiligrath to oppose literary interests to party
man. Seiler for his part was tempted by the prospect—once initiated into the crapuleuseb company of the Queen's Bench 2 1 —of keeping open board thanks to generous supplies from wife and mother-in-law and, incidentally, of completing his immortal work on Alexander II—consisting of extracts from the Augsburg Allgemeine Zeitung, upon which he has spread an equivocal syrup. T h e matter was AT ONCE put in hand. There began a golden era of farniente" and 'business errands' into town. But what was
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I can already see that under Napoleon the French fleet reached an absolute nadir, for which he was probably partly to blame.—The superiority of the English at sea lies chiefly in their better gunnery; the French always fired too high, though the Spanish were much better. The story about the Vengeur, said to have gone down on 1 June 1794 au cri de vive la république' is, by the way, a myth. T h e Vengeur surrendered to the English but, before she was actually seized, several French vessels again
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