Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Editing for pleasure and profit

Alongside parts that have been completely finished are others that are merely sketched out, the whole being a draft with the exception of perhaps two chapters. Quotations from sources in no kind of order, piles of them jumbled together, collected simply with a view to future selection. Besides that there is the handwriting which certainly cannot be deciphered by anyone except me, and then only with difficulty. You ask why I of all people should not have known how far the thing had got. It is quite simple: had I known, I should have pestered him night and day until it was all finished and printed. And Marx knew that better than anyone else.

Friedrich Engels to August Bebel, 1883
Francis Wheen. Marx’s Das Kaptal: A Biography
London: Allen and Unwin, 2006, 38.


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