Marx making plans

Marx to Lasalle Feb 22 1858: ‘The whole thing is divided into six books. 1. On Capital (contains several introductory chapters). 2. On the Ownership of Land. 3. On Wage Labour. 4. On the state. 5. International Trade. 6. The World Market.’ … the critique of the history of political economy and of socialism should form the subject of another book’

‘[but] After all, I have the feeling now, after fifteen years of study, when I can at last analyse the thing, storms from outside will probably interfere. Never mind, If I finish too late to call the attention of the world to these matters, then the failure is obviously my own…’ (M&E Letters on Capital 1954/1983:52)
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April 2 1858, Marx wrote to Engels with ‘the whole crap’ offered in the same 6 book scheme,  and he added that Capital would have four sections ‘a) capital in general. … b) Competition, or the action of many capitals against each other. c) Credit, whereby the capital appears as a general element in relation tot he separate capitals. d) Share capital as the most highly developed form (going over to communism) together with all its contradictions’ (M&E Letters on Capital 1954/1983:57)
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October 13 1866, Marx wrote Kugelmann:
‘The Whole work breaks down into the following parts:
Book 1 The process of Production of Capital
Book 2 The Process of Circulation of Capital
Book 3 Forms of the Entire Process
Book 4 The Theoretical History
Volume 1 contains the first two books
Book 3 I think will take up the second volume, the third will contain Book 4′
(M&E Letters on Capital 1954/1983:99)
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In 1868 Marx writes to Engels about the shape of the proposed volume three, in section 7 of which, he suggests: ‘Finally we arrive at the forms of appearance which serve the Vulgar Economists as a point of departure: land rent originating from the soil, profit (interest) from capital, wages from Labour. From our point of view, however, the matter looks different. The apparent movement is explained. Further, the A.Smith-ian nonsense, which has become the foundation stone of all previous economics, to the effect that the price of commodities consists of those three revenues, that is, variable capital (wages) plus surplus value (land-rent, profit, interest), is overturned. The total movement in this apparent form. Finally, since these three (wages, land-rent, profit (interest)) are the sources of income for the three classes of landowners, capitalists and workers – the class struggle is the consequences, in which the movement and the analysis of the whole crap is resolved…’ (M&E Letters on Capital 1954/1983:138)
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