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 The 50 volumes contain all the written works of Marx and Engels including formerly unpublished manuscripts and letters. 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 47 contains Engels’ letters from April 1883 to December 1886 – the period following Marx’s death in March 1883. The material in this volume reflects the realities of the international socialist movement, the broad sweep of Engels’ contacts and his wide-ranging studies during the period. Engels, who with Eleanor Marx, was Marx’s ‘literary executor’, concentrated above all on preparing Marx’s unfinished second and third volumes of CapitaL Engels kept himself informed about the progress of the workers’ and socialist movement in Europe and the United States and the letters show the extent to which he was involved in working on tactics with contacts in these places.