Early Writings

Early Writings

Introduction by: Lucio Colletti
Translator: Rodney Livingstone
Translator: Gregor Benton

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140445749
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up


Written in 1833-4, when Marx was barely twenty-five, this astonishingly rich body of works formed the cornerstone for his later political philosophy. In the Critique of Hegel’s Doctrine of the State, he dissects Hegel’s thought and develops his own views on civil society, while his Letters reveal a furious intellect struggling to develop the egalitarian theory of state. Equally challenging are his controversial essay On the Jewish Question and the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, where Marx first made clear his views on alienation, the state, democracy and human nature. Brilliantly insightful, Marx’s Early Writings reveal a mind on the brink of one of the most revolutionary ideas in human history – the theory of Communism. This translation fully conveys the vigour of the original works. The introduction, by Lucio Colletti, considers the beliefs of the young Marx and explores these writings in the light of the later development of Marxism.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Lucio Colletti
Critique of Hegel’s Doctrine of the State (1843)
Letters from the Francon-German Yearbooks (1843)
On the Jewish Question (1843)
A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. Introduction (1843-4)
Excerpts from James Mill’s Elements of Political Economy (1844)
Economic and Political Manuscripts (1844)
Critical Notes on the Article “The King of Prussia and Social Reform. By a Prussian” (1844)

A. Concerning Feuerbach
B. Preface (to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy)

Glossary of Key Terms
Chronology of Marx’s Life 1818 to August 1844
Note on Previous Editions of the Works of Marx and Engels
Chronology of Works by Marx and Engels

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