The Marx/Engels Collected Works is the largest collection of translations into English, of the complete works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels covering the period 1835-1895. The 50 volumes contain all the written works of Marx and Engels including formerly unpublished manuscripts and letters.
The volumes are organised into three groups: (1) philosophical, historical, political, economic and other works, in chronological order; (2) Marx’s Capital with his preliminary versions and works directly connected with it, particularly the Economic Manuscripts of 1857-58, better known under the editorial heading Grundisse der Kritik der Politischen Okonomie ; (3) the letters of Marx and Engels which are extremely rich in theoretical content and provide an indispensable source for the study of the biographies of Marx and Engels. This digital collection gives scholars access to the complete oeuvre in a fully searchable format.
Volume 2 contains works and letters by the young Engels for the period 1838-1842. The volume includes Engels’ youthful poetry, his articles and reviews on various social and political topics, with his writings on Rheinische Zeitung, his pamphlets defending the progressive aspects of the Hegelian philosophy against Schelling and his essays in literary criticism. The way in which Engels’ world view was being formed during this period and the breadth of his interests – in science, literature, theatre, music and sport – is evident in the letters contained in this volume.