NB - VOL VII HAS THE BLURB FOR BOTH VOLS - ELSP89 This volume is the penultimate one in the Oxford English Texts Byron, described by Ian Jack as 'one of the finest editions we have of any of the Romantic poets'. It contains all the works of 1821 and 1822, including all Byron's late plays - The Two Foscari, Sardanapalus, Cair: A Mystery, (publication of which gave rise to threats of prosecution against the publisher, John Murray), and the unfinished The Deformed Transformed. As usual, the works are given with textual annotation at the foot of the page, and there is a full introdution and extensive annotation at the end of the volume.
Critics have been unanimous in their praise:
'landmark edition ... long awaited by all who treasure Byron's poetry. Our work and our lasting pleasure are alike cut out for us.' Stuart Curran, Keats-Shelley Journal
'McGann's work, the first in seventy-five years to attempt a systematic critical editing of the entire corpus, fulfils a genuine need for an authoritative edition in our day ... McGann, by means of this edition, has placed Byron scholarship on a new footing.' Frederick L. Beaty, Studies in Romanticism
' this will be one of the finest editions we have of any of the Romantic poets ... an edition ... which anyone seeking the fullest possible information about Byron's poetry must now regard as canonical.' Ian Jack, Review
'The editorial thoroughness that marked volume one ... is fully sustained in the subsequent volumes ... This edition is going to be compulsory for serious students of Byron.' Allan Rodway, Times Higher Education Supplement
'The edition is a notable achievement and will be indispensable for Byron scholars.' Andrew Rutherford, Notes and Queries
'it is a mass of new information ... This is a monumental edition, and criticism should be the outcome only of long and inevitably rewarding study.'
Drummond Bone, The Byron Journal, 1992
`priceless ... The reader of this volume is left gasping at the sheer power of Byron's creative activity in this period.'
Michael Foot, Observer
`If ever we needed a forceful reminder of Byron's complexity, of his serious ambitions as a writer ... then the evidence is here, presented with all the fullness and detail that we have come to expect ... from this edition ... what is going to be of really major importance is the availability of that extraordinary body of texts that Byron produced in the last three years of his life ... when I look back at the whole project I can only reiterate my
admiration for the ambition and scope of the enterprise; the sheer amount of both wide-ranging and extremely detailed knowledge. It is a triumph for Byron and his editors.'
Mark Storey, University of Birmingham, Review of English Studies, Vol. 47, No. 186, May '96