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The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume IX : The Ring and the Book, Books IX-XII - Stefan Hawlin

The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume IX

The Ring and the Book, Books IX-XII

By: Stefan Hawlin (Editor), Tim Burnett (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9780198186717
Number Of Pages: 432

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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: the monologues 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, the final 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 final intentions. 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.

Industry Reviews

`Review from previous edition 'The Browning [edition] remains a magnificent achievement that is still unfolding before our eyes'' A. N. Wilson, 'World of Books', Daily Telegraph, July 2001 `An extraordinary work, both in its meticulous textual scholarship and in the detail of its attention to Browning's own exceptionally detailed imagining of the past' TLS `'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

Textual Notes to Books IX-XII References and Abbreviations The Ring and the Book, Books IX-XII Introduction to Book IX Book IX: Juris Doctor Johannes-Baptista Bottinius Introduction to Book X Book X: The Pope Introduction to Book XI Book XI: Guido Introduction to Book XII Book XII: The Book and the Ring Appendices Appendix A: The Cadaver Synod Appendix B: Yale Variants Appendix C: Compositors Michael Meredith and Simonetta Berbeglia: Afterword: The Truth Behind the Franceschini Murder Case

ISBN: 9780198186717
ISBN-10: 0198186711
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 1.12

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