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Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #163] Sun, 27 January 2019 11:58 Go to next message
Anonymous
I'm thinking about building a library just for the texts of Marx and Engels and the texts that influenced them, not anything by Marxists, not even Lenin. So it should have all the stuff by Marx and Engels and all the works they referred to: nonfiction books, novels and plays, pamphlets, speeches, government reports, letters (if still in existence).

Since all that stuff is really old, it's all in the public domain (unless newly translated). Suppose the library is not just an e-library, but also a physical space, then how much space is needed for such a project?
Re: Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #164 is a reply to message #163] Sun, 27 January 2019 18:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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That's a good question. I know that Marx & Engels collected works in English are 50 volumes. But if you included works referenced by them it easily grow 100x larger.
Re: Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #165 is a reply to message #164] Sun, 27 January 2019 18:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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David Harvey mentioned that he gave his das kapital course to a class of comparative literature and in a semester they could not finish the first chapter because of how many references are there and how much it has been referenced by later writers.
I do know Marx was fond of Shakespeare but tracking down the specific german translations he knew will be more complicated.
Re: Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #166 is a reply to message #163] Sun, 27 January 2019 19:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anonymous
I already know about the 50 or so MEW books. There's also an ongoing project called Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe, the MEGA differs by also including all sorts of notes and half-finished manuscripts, letters sent to Marx or Engels, statements signed by them, and some texts where real authorship is dubious; and that's going to be 114 volumes in total.
Re: Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #171 is a reply to message #166] Sun, 27 January 2019 21:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Camarade René
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I too have wanted to make a physical space, like a leftist library, but I have nowhere near enough money for that and probably nobody in my area would frequent it, so instead I just have a bookshelf and no friends Sad
Re: Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #181 is a reply to message #163] Thu, 31 January 2019 19:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anonymous
A question is how to handle writers who are addressed without reference to a specific work; or some specific references are there, but the way they are addressed seems to be informed by more than what is explicitly referenced. For instance, Marx praised the writing of Balzac and I don't know whether there is anything by Balzac Marx didn't read.

Karl Marx died in 1883, Engels in 1895. <-So this is the cutoff year. For authors referenced by Marx or Engels and dying later, we can ignore the newer stuff. Balzac died in 1850, so that doesn't cut out anything by him.
Re: Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #184 is a reply to message #181] Sat, 02 February 2019 20:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Camarade René
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You think Marx read everything Balzac wrote? Do you know how much he wrote? It's volumes and volumes of his world.
Re: Building a Marx-Engels Library [message #211 is a reply to message #163] Mon, 11 February 2019 12:05 Go to previous message
Anonymous
I found that Thomas Kuczynski's edition of Capital I lists about 30 pages of sources.
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