The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John DonneVolume 2. The Elegies Gary A. Stringer, General Editor. Ted-Larry Pebworth, Gary A. Stringer, and Ernest W. Sullivan, II, Text Editors. John R. Roberts, Volume Commentary Editor. Diana Benet, Contributing Editor
The newest volume in the critical variorum of the poetry of John Donne.
From reviews of previous volumes:
"This variorum edition will be the basis of all future Donne scholarship." -- Chronique
"Academic libraries and specialists in Renaissance and 17th-century studies should feel compelled to own each and every volume of this series." -- Seventeenth Century News
"An occasion for celebration. Among the most ambitious and valuable collaborative scholarly enterprises at the end of the twentieth century. Superb." -- Early Modern LiteraryStudies
This latest addition to the Donne variorum, the third to appear in a projected eight-volume series, presents a newly edited critical text of Donne's elegies and a comprehensive variorum commentary. As with previous volumes, Volume 2 is based on a study of all known manuscript sources and significant printed editions of Donne's poetry and on an examination of the criticism and scholarship of the past four centuries.
The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne -- Gary A. Stringer, General Editor
Also available: Volume 6. The Anniversaries and Epicedes and Obsequies. Ted-Larry Pebworth, John T.Shawcross, Gary A. Stringer, and Ernest W. Sullivan, II, Text Editors. Paul A. Parrish, VolumeCommentary Editor. Donald R. Dickson and Dennis Flynn, Contributing Editors.1995; 752 pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, intro., works cited, indexes, LC 93-11800
Volume 8. The Epigrams, Epithalamions, Epitaphs, Inscriptions, and Miscellaneous Poems. Ted-Larry Pebworth, Gary A. Stringer, and Ernest W. Sullivan, II, Text Editors. William A. McClung, Volume Commentary Editor. Jeffrey Johnson, Contributing Editor.1996; 576 pp, intro., works cited, indexes, LC 93-11800
In this third volume in a projected eight-volume series, Stringer presents the most authoritative texts and fullest editorial history of the elegies, including textual apparatus from all known manuscripts and editions from the 17th century onward, and also a comprehensive summary of scholarly and critical commentary on the elegies (also from Donne's era onward). The remarkable insights in the textual/editorial component include identification of the most authoritative manuscript for the elegies (housed in the New York Public Library) and a persuasive speculation that the first 12 elegies in this manuscript reflect Donne's intended sequence. Critical insights reveal the early trend not to treat the elegies as a separate group but to integrate them into a discussion of Donne's amatory verse; the value of using the elegies as context for Donne's later amatory verse, notably Songs and Sonnets; moralistic and biographical readings, which sometimes characterize Donne as a libertine and denounce him for licentiousness; Donne as the first poet to write love elegies in English; the coteries for which the elegies were written and the scribal culture that copied and recopied them for presentation to such audiences of intellectuals. The volume contains five indexes and the most comprehensive bibliography on the elegies now available. Indispensable for large collections supporting 17th-century literature.February 2001--A. C. Labriola "Duquesne University "