Marx/Engels Collected Works

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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 It contains all works published by Marx and Engels in their lifetimes and numerous unpublished manuscripts and letters.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 issued between 1975 and 2005 by Progress Publishers (Moscow) in collaboration with Lawrence and Wishart (London) and International Publishers (New York City).

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 the most important works by Marx and Engels, including The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, as well as more obscure pieces, and previously unpublished or untranslated manuscripts.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.

Volume Title & Contents Year Published ISBN
1 (M) August 1835-March 1843 1975 0717804070
2 (E) August 1838-December 1842 1975
3 (M) March 1843-Aug 1844; (E) May 1843-June 1844 1975
4 (M/E) 1844-45, incl. Holy Family & Condition of Working Class 1975
5 (M/E) April 1845-April 1847, including German Ideology 1975
6 (M/E) 1845-48, including Poverty of Philosophy and Manifesto 1976
7 (M/E) 1848, articles for Neue Rheinische Zeitung 1977
8 (M/E) 1848-49, articles from Neue Rheinische Zeitung 1977
9 (M/E) 1849, articles from Neue Rheinische Zeitung 1977
10 (M/E) 1849-51, including Peasant War in Germany 1978
11 (M/E) 1851-53, including Eighteenth Brumaire 1979
12 (M/E) 1853-54, mainly on British Colonialism 1979
13 (M/E) 1854-55, re Revolutionary Spain and Crimean War 1980
14 (M/E) 1855-56, incl. material on British politics and Crimean War 1980
15 (M/E) 1856-58, mainly Europe and India 1986
16 (M/E) 1858-60, mainly events in Europe 1980
17 (M/E) 1859-60, including Herr Vogt and military matters 1981
18 (M/E) 1857-62, Articles for Encyclopaedia 1987
19 (M/E) 1861-64, including material on American Civil War 1984
20 (M/E) 1864-68, including Value, Prices and Profit 1985
21 (M/E) 1867-70, re International Workingmen's Association 1985
22 (M/E) 1870-71, re Fanco-Prussian War 1986
23 (M/E) 1871-74, re International, Bakunin, Housing Question 1988
24 (M/E) 1874-83, Crit. / Gotha Prog. & Utopian & Scientific 1989
25 (E) Anti-Dühring, Dialectics of Nature 1987 0717805255
26 (E) 1882-89, including Origin of the Family, etc. 1990
27 (E) 1890-95, re Europe 1990
28 (M) Economic Works, 1857-1861 1986
29 (M) Economic Works, 1857-1861 1987
30 (M) Economic Works, 1861-1863 1988
31 (M) 1861-63, Economic Manuscripts 1989
32 (M) 1861-63, Economic Manuscripts 1989
33 (M) 1861-63, Economic Manuscripts 1991
34 (M) Economic Works, 1861-1864 1994
35* (M) Capital, Volume I 1996 0717805360
36 (M) Capital, Volume II 1997
37 (M) Capital, Volume III 1998 0717805379
38 (M/E) 1844-51, Letters 1982
39 (M/E) 1852-55, Letters 1983
40 (M/E) 1856-59, Letters 1983
41 (M/E) 1860-64, Letters 1985
42 (M/E) 1864-68, Letters 1987
43 (M/E) 1868-70, Letters 1988
44 (M/E) 1870-73, Letters 1989
45 (M/E) 1874-79, Letters 1991
46 (M/E) 1880-83, Letters 1992
47 (E) 1883-86, Letters 1995
48 (E) 1887-90, Letters 2001 0717805484
49 (E) 1890-92, Letters 2001 0717805492
50 (E) 1892-95, Letters 2004 0717805506

Key: (M) Marx, (E) Engels, (M/E) Marx and Engels

(*) - This volume has an errata available on the Lawrence and Wishart web site.[1]

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