The Poetical Works of Robert Browning Volume IX: The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: The Ring…

Hardcover | April 15, 2004

EditorStefan Hawlin, Tim Burnett

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The Ring and the Book, Browning's 21,000 line epic, is widely regarded as his masterpiece. This is the third, and final, volume of the Oxford edition covering this work, comprising the monologue of Johannes-Baptista Bottinius, and then the glowing conclusion to the work as a whole: themonologues of Pope Innocent XII and of Guido in his prison-cell prior to execution, and then the witty, ironic envoi of Book XII. The commentary in this edition contains a wealth of new contextual material that illuminates Browning's work in sometimes surprising ways. The copy text of 1888-9, thefinal edition of Browning's lifetime, has been scrupulously examined, both in relation to compositors' errors, and Browning's own final corrections to the text: eighty-nine emendations to accidentals, and nineteen emendations to substantives, produce a text as near as possible to Browning's finalintentions. Appendix A presents previously unknown source material, concerning the 'cadaver synod' of 897, from Browning's father's historical notebooks. The Afterword gives a fresh view of the real history of the Franceschini murder case, based on new research in the archives in Arezzo.

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The Ring and the Book, Browning's 21,000 line epic, is widely regarded as his masterpiece. This is the third, and final, volume of the Oxford edition covering this work, comprising the monologue of Johannes-Baptista Bottinius, and then the glowing conclusion to the work as a whole: themonologues of Pope Innocent XII and of Guido in his...

Stefan Hawlin is at Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Buckingham. Tim Burnett is at Manuscript Librarian at the British Library (retired).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:428 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.09 inPublished:April 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198186711

ISBN - 13:9780198186717

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Table of Contents

Textual Notes to Books IX-XIIReferences and AbbreviationsThe Ring and the Book, Books IX-XIIIntroduction to Book IXBook IX: Juris Doctor Johannes-Baptista BottiniusIntroduction to Book XBook X: The PopeIntroduction to Book XIBook XI: GuidoIntroduction to Book XIIBook XII: The Book and the RingAppendicesAppendix A: The Cadaver SynodAppendix B: Yale VariantsAppendix C: CompositorsMichael Meredith and Simonetta Berbeglia: Afterword: The Truth Behind the Franceschini Murder Case

Editorial Reviews

`'This edition, without ever being guilty of nanny-editing, guides the reader gently but firmly, and contains the scholarly apparatus necessary for a full appreciation of Browning's achievement. The editors, and the general editor, deserve our gratitude.''J R Watson, ROES, Vol 50, no 200, 1999