Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition: Volume V: Critical Studies: Swinburne and Pater by Francis O'GormanEdward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition: Volume V: Critical Studies: Swinburne and Pater by Francis O'Gorman

Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition: Volume V: Critical Studies: Swinburne and Pater

EditorFrancis O'Gorman

Hardcover | May 27, 2017

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Edward Thomas is a key figure in the English literary canon. A major twentieth-century poet, he was also one of England's most experienced and respected Edwardian and Georgian critics, and an exceptional observer of the countryside. Although he died at the age of only 39, his prose output wasconsiderable and encompassed a wide range of genres: biography, autobiography, essays, reviews, fiction, nature books, travel writings, and anthologies. While Thomas's stature as a poet is widely appreciated, his prose works have yet to be given their critical due - in large part because scholarly editions have hitherto been lacking. Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition shows that Thomas's prose deserves to be much better known byliterary scholars but also the general reading public. This six-volume edition establishes him as one of the most important prose writers in English, who contributed remarkable ideas and representations of the self and community, the landscape and ecology, literature and history, the spiritual andartistic life. It is the definitive edition of Thomas's prose and a significant scholarly resource for the twenty-first century. Volume V is dedicated to Edward Thomas's work in literary criticism. Known as a diverse and prolific reviewer of literature, including of modern poetry, Thomas also wrote a significant number of broadly critical studies at book length. These books helped alter his established reputation as a naturewriter, and included studies of Lefcadio Hearn, Maurice Maeterlinck, and of Keats. Volume 5 reproduces the two most important of his works in criticism: Thomas's Algernon Charles Swinburne: A Study (1912) and Walter Pater: A Study (1913). These are important texts in the last few years of Thomas'scareer as a prose writer, in which obliquely he assesses his own relationship with prose and with creative language, analysing via two other writers what were some of the largest challenges for his authorship. Presented as an evaluation of two major Victorian writers, the two books are best understood as self-examination. And they are also, as the Introduction argues, telling versions of Thomas's "unlived lives": in assessing both Swinburne and Pater, Thomas contemplates lives that he had not himself led.The books are suffused with his own dismay, self-criticism, longing, and desire. They are unmissable steps on Thomas the poet's way to discovering that prose was not the best literary form for his self-expression. Fully annotated, this edition draws widely on the surviving manuscripts of these twoworks to present a unique insight into Thomas at work, finding the physical traces in the manuscript record of the very troubles he was claiming true of two other writers. The edition also adds further literary material, including reviews and an early Paterian short-story by Thomas to indicatesomething of his debts - sometimes despite his protestations - to authors of the previous generation.
Francis O'Gorman has written widely on English literature chiefly from 1780 to the present. His recent publications include editions of John Ruskin's Praeterita (Oxford World's Classics, 2012), Elizabeth Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers (Oxford World's Classics, 2014), and Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now (Oxford World's Classics, 2016)...
Title:Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition: Volume V: Critical Studies: Swinburne and PaterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:May 27, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198738633

ISBN - 13:9780198738633


Table of Contents

IntroductionNote on the TextsAlgernon Charles Swinburne: A Critical Study (1912)Walter Pater: A Critical Study (1913)Appendix 1: 'The Passing of Pan' (1902/1910)Appendix 2: related reviewsAppendix 3: Passages omitted from Pater that appear in the holograph.