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The Works of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester : Oxford English Texts - Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot

The Works of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

Oxford English Texts

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9780198183679
Number Of Pages: 712

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John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester (1647-80), was a leading member of the group of "court wits" surrounding Charles II. One of the wittiest, and most sexually explicit poets of the time, his poems circulated principally in manuscript, making the tracing of their transmissional history more difficult. This edition presents a scholarly text based on detailed examination of the manuscripts, with full textual and explanatory notes. It is intended as a contribution to the study of manuscript publication as well as a resource for all students of Rochester.

Industry Reviews

`The notes that explain this rich embroglio of lovers, monarch, male rivals, and political intrigue are so richly detailed and touch upon topics of so much erotic piquancy, that they often read like scholarly minatures of seventeenth-century novellas.' SEL, Summer 2000 `One other feature of this edition I think is innovatory - the use of computational stylists to determine authorship in seventeenth-century poetry ... This edition supersedes all earlier editions of Rochester.' Keith Walker, The Yearbook of English Studies, 31 `It contains everything that a student of Rochester might reasonably expect from a Clarendon Press Works together with some prose pieces ... All this is accompanied by a commentary that draws fully on Love's own immense knowledge of Rochester and his seventeenth-century contexts.' Keith Walker, The Yearbook of English Studies, 31 `this is an important book' The Times 7/10/99 `It is a strength of Love's edition that he does not attempt the impossible task of resolving the uncertainties but seeks overtly to incorporate the fact of authorial and textual instability into his editorial method ... There has never before been an edition so fully and learnedly annotated and so wisely and thoughtfully conceived ... The commentary is admirable, with magisterial coverage of political background, court doings and social mores.' Claude Rawson, TLS 17/09/99 `Now he has received the accolade of a full-dress edition from Oxford University Press ... excellent explanatory notes - straight-faced - but not strait-laced ... this is an important book' Jim McCue

Abbreviations Introduction THE TEXTS: Poems probably by Rochester ---Love dialogues ---Love elegies etc. Disputed Works Appendix Roffensis ---Poems ---Sodom and Gomorrah CRITICAL APPARATUS: List of sources Explanatory notes Textual Introduction Transmissional histories Appendices by John Burrow ---A computational approach to the canon ---Results of computational analysis Index of titles Index of first lines

ISBN: 9780198183679
ISBN-10: 0198183674
Series: Oxford English Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 712
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.79 x 15.32  x 4.88
Weight (kg): 1.06