Shelley's Poetry and Prose / Edition 2

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This Second Edition of a perennial favorite in the Norton Critical Editions series represents an extensive revision of its predecessor. Shelley's Poetry and Prose again includes the most comprehensive collection of Shelley's writing available in a student paperback edition. Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, co-editors of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, have newly based the texts on the primary textual authorities, whether published or in manuscript. Each poetry and prose selection has been re-edited from the ground up; the headnotes detailing the textual history of Shelley's major works have been revised and expanded; and the many explanatory annotations have been revised and supplemented. The years since 1977, when the First Edition appeared, have witnessed a renaissance in Shelley studies greater than any since 1870-92. The critical essays in the Second Edition draw from twenty-two scholar-critics to provide analysis of Shelley's manuscripts, as well as his historical context, thought, and art. Among those who offer their assessments are Harold Bloom, Alan Bewell, James Chandler, Stuart Curran, Kelvin Everest, Nancy Moore Goslee, Jerrold E. Hogle, William Keach, Michael O'Neill, Michael Scrivener, Earl R. Wasserman, Timothy Webb, and Susan J. Wolfson. A Chronology, rigorously updated Selected Bibliography, and Index of Titles and First Lines are also included.
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Editorial Reviews

This second edition (first published in 1977) includes substantial revisions to the accompanying critical works and annotations, as well as to the text of his works themselves. Poems include all of Shelley's greatest and most frequently taught works including , , and all the book-length poems he wrote in Italy but one, as well as three important prose works. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393977523
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 318,132
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Fraistat is Professor of English at the University of Maryland and a founder and General Editor of the Romantic Circles website. He is co-editor of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, of Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print, and of Helen Maria Williams' Letters Written in France. He is recipient of the Society for Textual Scholarship's Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize and the Keats-Shelley Association's Distinguished Scholar Award.

Donald H. Reiman, Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Delaware, is co-editor of Shelley and His Circle at the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection, New York Public Library. He is a director and officer of the Keats-Shelley Association of America, founder of the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association, a founding director of the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Byron Society of America, and a founder of the Romantic Circles website. He has written, edited, or co-edited some 200 volumes of literary and textual criticism.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Textual Introduction
From the Esdaile Notebook 3
To the Emperors of Russia and Austria ... 4
Sonnet: To a balloon, laden with Knowledge 5
Zeinab and Kathema 6
The Retrospect 11
Queen Mab 15
Alastor 71
Stanzas. - April, 1814 91
Mutability ("We are as clouds") 91
To Wordsworth 92
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty 92
Mont Blanc 96
From Laon and Cythna (later The Revolt of Islam) Dedication 101
Canto IX, stanzas xx-xxviii 105
To Constantia 107
Ozymandias 109
Lines written among the Euganean Hills 110
Julian and Maddalo 119
Stanzas written in Dejection - December 1818, Near Naples 135
The Two Spirits - An Allegory 137
The Cenci 138
Prometheus Unbound 202
The Sensitive-Plant 286
Ode to Heaven 296
Ode to the West Wind 298
The Cloud 301
To a Sky-Lark 304
Ode to Liberty 307
The Mask of Anarchy 315
[Sonnet:] England in 1819 326
Sonnet: To the Republic of Benevento 327
Sonnet ("Lift not the painted veil") 327
Sonnet ("Ye hasten to the grave!") 328
Letter to Maria Gisborne 328
Peter Bell the Third 337
The Witch of Atlas 365
Song of Apollo 388
Song of Pan 389
Epipsychidion 390
Adonais 407
Hellas 427
Written on Hearing the News of the Death of Napoleon 465
The Indian Girl's Song 466
Song ("Rarely, rarely comest thou") 467
The Flower That Smiles Today 468
Memory 469
To - ("Music, when soft voices die") 469
When Passion's Trance is Overpast 470
To Jane. The Invitation 470
To Jane. The Recollection 472
One Word Is Too Often Profaned 474
The Serpent Is Shut Out from Paradise 475
With a Guitar. To Jane 477
To Jane ("The keen stars were twinkling") 479
Lines written in the Bay of Lerici 480
The Triumph of Life 481
On Love 503
On Life 505
A Defence of Poetry 509
Shelley's Reputation Before 1960: A Sketch 539
A Volcano's Voice in Shelley 550
Urbanity and Apocalypse 568
The Poetry of Skepticism 570
Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics 580
Shelley as Agrarian Reactionary 589
Shelley and the End(s) of Ideology 600
The Transgressive Double Standard: Shelleyan Utopianism and Feminist Social History 607
Shelley's Lyric Art 616
Percy Bysshe Shelley and Revolutionary Climatology 627
Audiences and the Later Works 636
Shelley Left and Right: The Rhetorics of the Early Textual Editions 645
Alastor 654
"Frail Spells": Shelley and the Ironies of Exile 663
[Mont Blanc] 669
Shelley's Doubles: An Approach to Julian and Maddalo 675
Transference Perverted: The Cenci as Shelley's Great Expose 684
The Unascended Heaven: Negatives in Prometheus Unbound 694
History's Lyre: The "West Wind" and the Poet's Work 711
Poetic Form and Political Reform: The Mask of Anarchy and "England in 1819" 722
Dispersoning Emily: Drafting as Plot in Epipsychidion 735
[Adonais: Defending the Imagination] 753
[Spectators Turned Actors: "The Triumph of Life"] 760
Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Chronology 769
Selected Bibliography 775
Index of Titles and First Lines 785
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