The Marx/Engels Collected Works is the largest collection of translations 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 The 50 volumes contain all the written works of Marx and Engels including formerly unpublished manuscripts and letters. This digital collection gives scholars access to the complete oeuvre in a fully searchable format.
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. .
The texts in Volumes 28-37 represent the principal stages in the formation of Marx’s economic doctrine. Volumes 28 and 29 contain Marx’s Economic Manuscripts of 1857-58 (the first rough draft of Capital) and his work A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy: Part One (1859). Volumes 30-34 comprise the Economic Manuscripts of 1861-63 (the second rough draft of Capital), volumes 35-37 contain volumes I, II and III of Capital.
Volume 31 contains the continuation of Marx’s economic manuscript of 1861-63, its central part – “Theories of Surplus Value”. The beginning of the manuscript is published in Volume 30 and the rest appears in volumes 32-34.