The Complete Poetical Works

The Complete Poetical Works

by George Crabbe
     
 

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Although George Crabbe (1754-1832) was acclaimed by his contemporaries—receiving high praise from Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, and Jane Austen, among others—there has not been a collected edition of his verse since A.W. Ward's, some eighty years ago. The present edition draws on much recently discovered manuscript material from America and Britain,

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Although George Crabbe (1754-1832) was acclaimed by his contemporaries—receiving high praise from Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, and Jane Austen, among others—there has not been a collected edition of his verse since A.W. Ward's, some eighty years ago. The present edition draws on much recently discovered manuscript material from America and Britain, including a finished manuscript (with proofs) of Tales of the Hall, and manuscripts of four unpublished tales and of a number of shorter poems. Close attention has been paid to the evolution of the text from the rough pencil drafts in Crabbe's notebooks to the final version in print. An extensive commentary relates both to the literary context and to Crabbe's many observations on the social scene of his day.

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"The editors have done a great service in setting Crabbe's work before us one again. No previous edition has assembled so much of the corpus, and none has executed its work with greater care or more useful notes and other editorial apparatus and commentary."—Jerome McGann, London Review of Books

"It would be premature to hope that this new edition of Crabbe's poetical works will regain for them the esteem and popularity they deserve. But at least they have at last been accorded the appropriate respect of meticulous editing. There was not previous edition with full scholarly apparatus, or even of reliable accuracy. This is a fine edition, the well-shaped fruit of many years' dedicated scholarship."—Peter New, University of Exeter. Review of English Studies

"This is an excellent edition, exemplifying the highest standards of research, editing, and learning ... it does full justice, in respect of presentation and commentary, to Crabbe's originality, realism, and powers of pathos, satire, description, and narrative."—Donald Sultana, University of Edinburgh, Notes and Queries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198127888
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1988
Series:
Oxford English Texts Series
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.34(d)

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