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The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The world will surely one day feel what it has lost," wrote Mary Shelley after Percy Bysshe Shelley's premature death in July 1822. Determined to hasten that day, she recovered his unpublished and uncollected poems and sifted through his surviving notebooks and papers. In Genoa during the winter of 1822–23, she painstakingly transcribed poetry "interlined and broken into fragments, so that the sense could only be deciphered and joined by guesses." Blasphemy and sedition laws prevented her from including her husband's most outspoken radical works, but the resulting volume, Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1824), was a magnificent display of Shelley's versatility and craftsmanship between 1816 and 1822. Few such volumes have made more difference to an author's reputation.

The seventh volume of the acclaimed Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley extracts from Posthumous Poems those original poems and fragments Mary Shelley edited. The collection opens with Shelley's enigmatic dream vision The Triumph of Life, the last major poem he began—and, in the opinion of T. S. Eliot, the finest thing he ever wrote. There follow some of the most famous and beautiful of Shelley's short lyrics, narrative fragments, two unfinished plays, and other previously unreleased pieces.

Upholding the standards of accuracy and comprehensiveness set by previous volumes, every item in Volume 7 has been newly edited from the original manuscripts, in some cases superseding texts that have stood since 1870. Extensive appendixes contain Mary Shelley's preface to Posthumous Poems, Shelley's source for "Ginevra," and preparatory material for his play Charles the First. Wide-ranging discussions of the poems' composition, influences, publication, circulation, reception, and critical history accompany detailed records of textual variants for each work. The editorial overview and commentaries offer insights into Mary Shelley's editorial strategies while proposing surprising new contexts and redatings.

Volumes 4 to 6 are in preparation.

About the Authors

Nora Crook is professor emerita of English literature at Anglia Ruskin University. Neil Fraistat is professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland and the president of the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

Reviews

"Now that [Shelley's] poetry is coming into such revealing clarity of focus, thanks to editions such as this one, the question of its value can be explored with more confidence than ever before."—Times Literary Supplement, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"This latest installment of The Complete Poetry is nothing less than a landmark in Shelley studies: comprehensive and reliable, necessary and illuminating."—Keats-Shelley Journal, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"This is a critical volume of Shelley's works for the twenty-first century—in short, a scholarly masterpiece. No academic library should be without it."—Choice, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"[I]t is tremendously exciting to have access to a resource that provides such an intimate look into the poet's world and his creative process.The Year's Work in English Studies"—The Year's Work in English Studies, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"An indispensable reference work for all who study Shelley."—Studies in Romanticism, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"What makes this volume so exceptional (like its predecessors) is not only the state-of-the-art editing, but also the knowledgeable commentaries that give information on the poems' composition, possible sources and influences, publication, and most welcome, their reception history. . . . This gigantic editorial project cannot be praised highly enough."—Zeitschrift fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Will almost certainly be the standard in Shelley scholarship."—Studies in English Literature, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"A more comprehensive collation of relevant materials, or a more sensitive, sensible, and reader-friendly presentation of evidence, is inconceivable."—The Wordsworth Circle, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"A monumental edition—the Shelley edition for our time."—Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"A scholarly delight."—Romanticism on the Net, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Rigorously, enthusiastically, and innovatively edited, this volume has brought excitement and zest to my Shelley-reading life."—Australian Book Review

"With volume seven raising the bar once again, this series is the gold standard for Shelley scholarship. Its expert and illuminating readings are peerless."—Madeleine Callaghan, University of Sheffield, The Coleridge Bulletin

"CPPBS 7 is set to become a model for editing modern poetry manuscripts. It strikes a difficult balance between philological rigor and scholarly comprehensiveness on the one hand and readability and usability at different levels of expertise on the other. Textual critics and students of Shelley's poetry will find it equally indispensable, but it will also serve as an important reference work for Mary Shelley scholars."—Valentina Varinelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, European Romantic Review

"This outstanding installment of an epoch-making edition of Shelley's verse will transform the opportunities afforded to emerging Shelley scholars."—Anthony Howe, Birmingham City University, UK, Review of English Studies

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