Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: Collected Works

Project MUSE exclusively offers the complete 50 volume set of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: Collected Works, published by Lawrence & Wishart.

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This definitive English language edition of the Collected Works, published between 1975 and 2005 and covering 60 years of Marx and Engels writings, includes the complete correspondence and newly discovered works.

Almost every volume contains material published for the first time in English and this 50-volume edition is the most complete in any language. See all volumes in the series.


Highlights of the Complete 50 Volume Set of the Collected Works

  • Fully searchable on the MUSE platform
  • Largest collection of translations into English of their complete works covering 1835-1895
  • Includes formerly unpublished manuscripts and letters
  • Philosophical, historical, political, and economic works
  • Marx’s Capital with preliminary versions and works directly connected with it, particularly the Economic Manuscripts of 1857-58 (Grundrisse der Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie)
  • Letters rich in theoretical content providing an indispensable biographical source

Overview of Contents 

Volumes 1-3 Early Works (1835-1844)

  • Doctoral Dissertation on Democritus and Epicurus; early journalism; family letters; poems
  • Engels 1838-44 - Early journalism and literary essays; articles on England; family letters; poems
  • Marx, 1843-44 - Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law; articles from the Deutsch- Französische Jahrbücher; Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  • Engels, 1843-44 - letters from London, outlines of a Critique of Political Economy; articles from the Northern Star and New Moral World

Volumes 4-27 General Works (1844-1895)

  • The Holy Family; The Condition of the Working Class in England
  • Theses on Feuerbach; The German Ideology
  • The Principles of Communism; Manifesto of the Communist Party
  • Demands of the Communist Party in Germany
  • The Class Struggles in France; The Peasant War in Germany
  • Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany; The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
  • History of the Polish Question; articles on the American Civil War
  • Inaugural Address and other documents of the First International
  • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
  • Engels work after Marx's death
  • The Foreign Policy of Russian Tsardom; British Economic and Political Development

Volumes 28-37 Economic Works (1857-1894)

  • Economic Manuscripts of 1857-61 (The Grundrisse)
  • A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
  • Economic Manuscripts of 1861-63 (including Theories of Surplus Value)

Volumes 38-50 Letters (1844-1895)

  • Correspondence between Marx and Engels and with third parties from the time of their first meeting in 1844.