The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg
Rosa Luxemburg (1871–1919) is widely regarded as one of the most creative writers of modern socialism and the foremost female theoretician of European radicalism. Her wide-ranging and incisive works, which include studies on capitalism’s inherent drive for global expansion, the relation between spontaneity and organization, and the inseparability of democracy and socialism, have made her a pole of attraction for theorists and activists around the world. Her fiercely independent intellect and uncompromising defense of human liberty speaks more powerfully to our era than to any other.
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will make her entire body of work available for the first time. It will contain all of her books, pamphlets, essays, articles, letters and manuscripts, a significant amount of which have never appeared in English. It will also include several thousand pages of writings of hers that have only recently been discovered. All of her previously published work in English will be newly translated from German, Polish, Russian, and Yiddish originals. The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will be published in fourteen volumes, each with comprehensive annotations and introductions.
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will bring the contributions of this remarkable thinker and personality alive for new generations. The project was inaugurated in March 2011 with the publication of The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg. Volume I of the Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, was published in hardback in Fall 2013; a paperback edition will appear in Fall 2014. It contains the first full English translation of “Introduction to Political Economy” and eight recently discovered manuscripts on anthropology, economic history, and the theory of crises. Volume II of the Complete Works, which contains a new translation of “The Accumulation of Capital” and the “Anti-Critique,” is now in press.
We’re now raising funds to cover the costs of translation of Volume III, the first of 3 volumes of political writings devoted to the theme “On Revolution.” As of July 2014, we’ve raised $12,500 and are aiming for a total of $30,000.
All donations over $100 will receive a free copy of the critically acclaimed Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, or a copy of the first volume of the Complete Works. Donations over $250 will get both books and you can buy others at half price. If you’re able to donate $500 or more we’ll thank you on a donors page for the project, and donations of $1,000 or more will also be acknowledged in the book.