This is the first full scholarly edition of Browning's greatest and perhaps best-known collection of short poems, Men and Women. A comprehensive introduction shows how new research by Ian Jack an Robert Inglesfield has unearthed material which throws fresh light on the composition and dates of such famous pieces as 'Fra Lippo Lippi', 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', and 'One Word More: To E.B.B.'. This edition uses a critical
text based on that of Browning's final collection, and has detailed introductions to the individual poems. It is the fifth volume in the highly praised Political Works of Robert Browning.
`a volume which supersedes all previous editions of Men and Women and will be a standard work for years to come ... Browning would have enjoyed its erudition, its clarity and its tact.'
Matthew Reynolds, Trinity College, Cambridge, Essays in Criticism, Vol. XLVII, No. 1, Jan '97
`it continues at the same high level of the earlier volumes.'
Studies in English Literature, 36:4, Autumn 1996
`The headnotes and annotations are the result not only of meticulous research but also of a firm grasp of the critical and historical dimensions of Browning's greatest collection of short poems, first published in 1855.'
Nineteenth-Century Literature, 51:2, September 1996
`this is a valuable edition ... It is full, enlightening and generally accurate, and will no doubt be an essential tool of scholarship for many years to come.'
Mark Roberts, Notes and Queries, March 1997