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A landmark event in literary scholarship, the publication of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley makes available for the first time critically edited clear texts of all poems and translations that Shelley published or circulated among friends, as well as diplomatic texts of his significant incomplete poetic drafts and fragments. Edited upon historical principles by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, the multi-volume edition will offer more poems and fragments than any ...
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The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Overview

A landmark event in literary scholarship, the publication of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley makes available for the first time critically edited clear texts of all poems and translations that Shelley published or circulated among friends, as well as diplomatic texts of his significant incomplete poetic drafts and fragments. Edited upon historical principles by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, the multi-volume edition will offer more poems and fragments than any previous collective edition, arranged in the order of their first circulation. These texts are followed by the most extensive collations hitherto available and detailed commentaries that describe their contextual origins and subsequent reception. Rejected passages of released poems appear as supplements to those poems, while other poetic drafts that Shelley rejected or left incomplete at his death will be grouped according to either their publication histories or the notebooks in which they survive.

Volume One includes Shelley's first four works containing poetry all prepared for publication before his expulsion from Oxford, as well as "The Devil's Walk" circulated in August 1812, a series of short poems that he sent to friends between 1809 and 18l0, including a bawdy satire on his parents and "Oh wretched mortal, " a poem never before published. An appendix discusses poems lost or erroneously attributed to the young Shelley.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This is a critical volume of Shelley's works for the 21st century—in short, a scholarly masterpiece. No academic library should be without it.
Studies in Romanticism
An indispensable reference work for all who study Shelley... Auspiciously inaugurates Shelley studies for a new millennium.
Studies in English Literature
Will almost certainly be the standard in Shelley scholarship... It is more than a reader hopes for in editorial scholarship.
The Wordsworth Circle
A more comprehensive collation of relevant materials, or a more sensitive, sensible, and reader-friendly presentation of evidence, is inconceivable. All Shelleyans owe Reiman and Fraistat a debt of gratitude.
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
A monumental edition—the Shelley edition for our time.
Times Literary Supplement - Peter McDonald
Now that [Shelley's] poetry is coming into such revealing clarity of focus, thanks to editions such as this one, the question of its value can be explored with more confidence than ever before.
Keats-Shelley Journal - Susan Wolfson
This latest installment of The Complete Poetry is nothing less than a landmark in Shelley studies: comprehensive and reliable, necessary and illuminating.
Choice

This is a critical volume of Shelley's works for the 21st century—in short, a scholarly masterpiece. No academic library should be without it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421411088
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 920
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Donald H. Reiman is an adjunct professor of English at the University of Delaware. Neil Fraistat is a professor of English and director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. Nora Crook is an emerita professor of English literature at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Editorial Overview xix
Abbreviations xli
Texts
Original Poetry 3
Letter [1] ("Here I sit with my paper, my pen and my ink") 7
Letter [2] (To Miss _ From Miss _) 9
Song. ("Cold, cold is the blast when December is howling") 11
Song. ("Come _! sweet is the hour") 13
Song. Despair 14
Song. Sorrow 15
Song. Hope 16
Song. Translated from the Italian 17
Song. Translated from the German 18
The Irishman's Song 18
Song. ("Fierce roars the midnight storm") 19
Song. To _ ("Ah! sweet is the moonbeam that sleeps on yon fountain") 20
Song. To _ ("Stern, stern is the voice of fate's fearfull command") 21
Saint Edmond's Eve 22
Revenge 28
Ghasta; or, The Avenging Demon!!! 30
Fragment, or The Triumph of Conscience 37
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger 39
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson; Being Poems Found Amongst the Papers of that Noted Female who Attempted the Life of the King in 1786 89
Advertisement 92
"Ambition, power, and avarice, now have hurl'd" 93
Fragment. Supposed to be an Epithalamium of Francis Ravaillac and Charlotte Corde 95
Despair 99
Fragment. ("Yes! all is past--swift time has fled away") 100
The Spectral Horseman 101
Melody to a Scene of Former Times 102
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romance 105
"'T was dead of the night, when I sat in my dwelling" 109
"Ghosts of the dead! have I not heard your yelling" 110
Ballad. ("The death-bell beats!_") 111
Song. ("How swiftly through heaven's wide expanse") 114
Song. ("How stern are the woes of the desolate mourner") 115
Song. ("Ah! faint are her limbs, and her footstep is weary") 116
The Devil's Walk 119
The Devil's Walk, a Ballad 123
Supplement: Letter Version of The Devil's Walk 128
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814) 131
"A Cat in distress" 135
"How swiftly through Heaven's wide expanse" 136
"Oh wretched mortal, hard thy fate!" 138
To Mary who died in this opinion 138
"Why is it said thou canst but live" 139
"As you will see I wrote to you" [1st letter to E. F. Graham] 140
"Dear dear dear dear dear dear Graeme!" [2nd letter to E. F. Graham] 142
"Sweet star! which gleaming oer the darksome scene" 144
"Bear witness Erin! when thine injured isle" 145
"Thy dewy looks sink in my breast" 145
Commentaries
Original Poetry 149
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger 189
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson 235
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian 261
The Devil's Walk 281
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814) 295
Historical Collations
Introduction 333
Original Poetry 335
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger 355
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson 375
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian 387
The Devil's Walk 403
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814) 411
Appendixes
Introduction 433
A. Latin School Exercises 435
Epitaphium 435
In Horologium 437
B. Prose Treated as Poems 438
"The Ocean rolls between us" 438
"Oh Ireland!" 441
C. Lost Works 442
Satirical Poem on "L'infame" 443
Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things 444
On a Fete at Carlton House 448
Essay on War 451
God Save the King 452
D. Dubia 453
Poems in the Oxford University and City Herald 453
Ode, to the Breath of Summer 455
The Grape. From the Greek Anthologia 455
Epigram, from the Greek Anthologia. ("We that were wont") 456
Translation of an Epigram of Vincent Bourne's 457
On Old Age, from the Greek Anthology 458
Venus and the Muses, from the Same 458
Unattributed Epigraphs to St. Irvyne 458
Sadak the Wanderer. A Fragment 460
E. Misattributions 469
Epigraph: "If Satan had never fallen" 469
Lines, Addressed to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, on His Being Appointed Regent 469
The Modern Minerva; or, The Bat's Seminary for Young Ladies. A Satire on Female Education 478
Anecdotes of Father Murdo 480
To the Queen of My Heart 482
Index of Titles 487
Index of First Lines 491
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