The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume IV

Hardcover | May 1, 1990

byRobert BrowningEditorIan Jack, Rowena Fowler

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`Browning really comes back to life in the marvellous third volume of the new Oxford Browning', wrote John Bayley, choosing it as one of his Books of the Year for 1988. While Volume III included six of the eight Bells and Pomegranates pamphlets, the present volume completes the series andincludes the most remarkable of all, Dramatic Romances and Lyrics. Here we find `Pictor Ignotus', `The Lost Leader', `The Bishop orders his Tomb', `The Laboratory', `The Boy and the Angel', and the first part of `Saul'. Also included are Christmas-Eve and Easter-Day and the essay on Shelley. As the Times Literary Supplement reviewer of the earlier volumes commented, `readers of a poet like this need all the help they can get; and Jack and Smith have provided it in abundance.' Each poem is fully annotated, and accompanied by a detailed introduction which provides information on thechronology of composition and on Browning's sources.

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`Browning really comes back to life in the marvellous third volume of the new Oxford Browning', wrote John Bayley, choosing it as one of his Books of the Year for 1988. While Volume III included six of the eight Bells and Pomegranates pamphlets, the present volume completes the series andincludes the most remarkable of all, Dramatic Ro...

Ian Jack is at University of Cambridge. Rowena Fowler is at University of Bristol.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:478 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198127898

ISBN - 13:9780198127895

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`All readers of Browning will have their appreciation enhanced by the fine work here. Like the preceding volumes, this one is meticulously researched and edited, ...The text as a whole is well laid out and easy to read. The editors have examined meticulously the 1888-9 text in the light ofall previous texts and Browning's known corrections. What they give us is something as near as it is possible to get to Browning's final wishes: the 1888-9 text without its blemishes. ... The annotation is excellent, never heavy or irrelevant, but always incisive and to the point; it comes out ofa wide acquaintance with Browning's reading, and with all relevant contemporary matter.'Stefan Hawlin, Review of English Studies