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The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

edited by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat

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Winners of an Honorable Mention from the Modern Language Association's Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition

Writing to his publisher in 1813, Shelley expressed the hope that two of his major works "should form one volume"; nearly two centuries later, the second volume of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry fulfills that wish for the first time. This volume collects two important pieces: Queen Mab and The Esdaile Notebook. Privately issued in 1813, Queen Mab was perhaps Shelley's most intellectually ambitious work, articulating his views of science, politics, history…

Winners of an Honorable Mention from the Modern Language Association's Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition

Writing to his publisher in 1813, Shelley expressed the hope that two of his major works "should form one volume"; nearly two centuries later, the second volume of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry fulfills that wish for the first time. This volume collects two important pieces: Queen Mab and The Esdaile Notebook. Privately issued in 1813, Queen Mab was perhaps Shelley's most intellectually ambitious work, articulating his views of science, politics, history, religion, society, and individual human relations. Subtitled A Philosophical Poem: With Notes, it became his most influential—and pirated—poem during much of the nineteenth century, a favorite among reformers and radicals. The Esdaile Notebook, a cycle of fifty-eight early poems, exhibits an astonishing range of verse forms. Unpublished until 1964, this sequence is vital in understanding how the poet mastered his craft.

As in the acclaimed first volume, these works have been critically edited by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat. The poems are presented as Shelley intended, with textual variants included in footnotes. Following the poems are extensive discussions of the circumstances of their composition and the influences they reflect; their publication or circulation by other means; their reception at the time of publication and in the decades since; their re-publication, both authorized and unauthorized; and their place in Shelley's intellectual and aesthetic development.

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A scholarly delight.

Once it is completed, this will be the definitive critical edition of the complete poetry of P.B. Shelley that the scholarly community has been awaiting for such a long time. We can already say: it will have been worth the wait.

An indispensable reference work for all who study Shelley... Auspiciously inaugurates Shelley studies for a new millennium.

A more comprehensive collation of relevant materials, or a more sensitive, sensible, and reader-friendly presentation of evidence, is inconceivable. All Shelleyans owe Reiman and Fraistat a debt of gratitude.

Will almost certainly be the standard in Shelley scholarship... It is more than a reader hopes for in editorial scholarship.

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920
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9780801878749
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8 halftones
Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Editorial Overview
Abbreviations
Texts
The Esdaile Notebook
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Queen Mab; A Philosophical Poem: with Notes.
Notes. [Shelley's Notes to Queen Mab]
Commentaries
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List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Editorial Overview
Abbreviations
Texts
The Esdaile Notebook
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Queen Mab; A Philosophical Poem: with Notes.
Notes. [Shelley's Notes to Queen Mab]
Commentaries
The Esdaile Notebook
Queen Mab; A Philosophical Poem: with Notes.
Shelley's Notes to Queen Mab
Historical Collations
Introduction
The Esdaile Notebook
Shelley's Notes to Queen Mab
Queen Mab; A Philosophical Poem: with Notes.
Shelley's Notes to Queen Mab
Appendixes
Introduction
A. Poetic Forms in The Esdaile Notebook
B. Mary W. Shelley's "Note on Queen Mab"
I. From the 1839 Edition of The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley,Volume I.
II. From the 1840 Revised Edition of The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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Donald H. Reiman
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Donald H. Reiman

Donald H. Reiman is an adjunct professor of English at the University of Delaware.
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Neil Fraistat

Neil Fraistat is professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland and the president of the Keats-Shelley Association of America.