William Wordsworths The Prelude: A Casebook

Paperback | September 7, 2006

EditorStephen Gill

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William Wordsworth's long poem The Prelude is a fascinating work-as autobiography, the fruit of many attempts at understanding the formative period of Wordsworth's life; as a fragment of historical evidence from the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years; as an unstable literary text,which mutated through at least five discernable versions from 1799-1839; and as a poem offering the pleasures of blank verse in a variety and to an intensity unmatched in English non-dramatic poetry. In this collection, leading Wordsworth scholar Stephen Gill, gathers together thirteen influentialessays on The Prelude. The volume as a whole is a useful and inspiring companion for students and general readers of Wordsworth's greatest, but most demanding poem.

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William Wordsworth's long poem The Prelude is a fascinating work-as autobiography, the fruit of many attempts at understanding the formative period of Wordsworth's life; as a fragment of historical evidence from the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years; as an unstable literary text,which mutated through at least five discernable ...

Stephen Gill is University Professor of English at Oxford University and the author of William Wordsworth: A Life and Wordsworth and the Victorians (both OUP).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.98 inPublished:September 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195180925

ISBN - 13:9780195180923

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IntroductionThe EssaysChristopher Ricks: William Wordsworth: "A Pure Organic Pleasure from the Lines"Susan Wolfson: Revison as Form: Wordsworth's Drowned ManMary Jacobus: "Dithyrambic Fervour": The Lyric Voice of the The PreludeLucy Newlyn: "A Strong Confusion": Coleridge's Presence in the PreludeGeoffrey H. Hartman: The Via Naturaliter NegativeM. H. Abrams: The Prelude and The Recluse: Wordsworth's Long Journey Home.Jonathon Wordsworth: The Image of a Mighty Mind: (1805, Book 13)William A. Ulmer: The Creative Soul: Simplon Pass to Mount SnowdonAnne K. Mellor: Writing the Self/Self Writing: William Wordsworth's PreludeHoward Erskine-Hill: Wordsworth and the Conception of The PreludeRichard Gravil: "Some Other Being": Wordsworth in the PreludeAlan Liu: A Transformed Revolution: The Prelude, Books 9-13Jonathan Bate: A Language That Is Ever GreenSuggested Reading