The Penn Libraries have purchased an e-book version of the 50-volume set, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: Collected Works.
MECW contains English-language editions and translations from the published writings of Marx and Engels, as well as their correspondence. The set was intended as a definitive English-language edition, prepared jointly in 1975-2004 by Lawrence & Wishart Ltd, International Publishers Co. Inc. (New York), and Progress Publishers (Moscow) in collaboration with the Institute of Marxism-Leninism / Russian Independent Institute of Social and National Problems (Moscow). Editors and translators include Eric Hobsbawn, Ben Fowkes, Philip Foner, Clemens Dutt, Hugh Rodwell among others.
The online MECW is hosted on the Project MUSE platform. The interface offers fulltext searching and DRM-free PDF chapter or section downloading from the table of contents for individual volumes. Project MUSE provides URLs for individual volumes and their chapters or sections.
Franklin cataloging for the online MECW does not identify the contents of individual volumes. The reader interested in specific works by Marx and Engels should consult the Lawrence & Wishart noticeboard for a detailed contents list. Highlights of the online MECW are:
- Volume 5: Theses on Feuerbach; the German Ideology.
- Volume 6: The Communist Manifesto.
- Volume 11: The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. (starts at PDF page 98)
- Volume 25: Anti-Duhring.
- Volume 28 and Volume 29: Grundrisse; Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy.
- Volume 35, Volume 36, and Volume 37: Capital, Volumes I-III