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The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vol. 1 Hardcover – December 14, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0801861192 ISBN-10: 0801861195 Edition: 1St Edition

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Donald H. Reiman is the co-editor of Shelley and his Circle, a catalogue edition of relevant manuscripts in the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection at the New York Public Library, and an adjunct professor of English at the University of Delaware. Neil Fraistat is a professor of English at the University of Maryland. He is a founder and general editor of the "Romantic Circles" website, published by the University of Maryland.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1St Edition edition (December 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801861195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801861192
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Laon on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The state of Shelley publishing has been one of the literary scandals of the last 200-odd years.
Mary Shelley, Shelley's widow and first editor, did her work under threat. Shelley's father Sir Timothy Shelley wanted his son's memory forgotten. Since Sir Timothy was paying a "pension" of 150 pounds a year to his son's widow and child, he was able to blackmail Mary Shelley out of writing a biography or issuing a complete works, by threatening to cut off her income. The readiness to starve his own grandson to strike at his dead son is villainy of the sort you'd expect to find in a Victorian novel, not in life. But there it was; the poet's father was a Bad Man, and no doubt part of the model for the occasional Bad Fathers (the Cenci, Jupiter etc) in Shelley's work.
So Mary Shelley's work, while Sir Timothy was still alive, publishing the most important poems with notes that collectively add up to a kind of biography, was an act of loyalty to her husband, and not without courage.
Her successors deserve less praise. Though occasionally ingenious in correcting details of text and recovering poems from notebook fragments, they betrayed Shelley. Some poems they deliberately omitted for their radicalism: the 1820 ballad, "Young Parson Williams", was one example. Other poems they left in a bowlerised state, in particular _Laon and Cythna_, published with its religious, sexual and political radicalism blunted as _The Revolt of Islam_. Still other poems were distorted, by carelessness (eg the missing stanza of _On the Head of the Medusa_, the missing lines in _Mont Blanc_) or by sentimentality.
A glaring example of sentimental distortion is the breaking off of the _Triumph of Life_ fragment at the line: " 'Then what is life,' I cried.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2002
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This looks to be an excellent edition, and it's certainly a relief that Shelley is finally being presented complete and unaltered, and with an entourage of thousands of helpful notes.
I give only three stars to this particular volume, though, because it only presents about a hundred and fifty pages of actual Shelley; and, since Shelley made the jump from mediocrity to greatness only after writing quite a lot; and also considering how much time has already passed since this first volume came out: it will be quite a while before Reiman reaches the material worth paying money(per slim volume) for. The Longman version (pricier per volume, but each containing more) will most likely be complete a bit sooner.
So, I and all Shelley lovers wish this enterprise the best good luck; but might prefer its volumes (how many total? 7?) to be released in reverse order at this rate. For now we're stuck with the antiquated Modern Library edition for so many poems.
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By tom d fitzgerald on March 17, 2015
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Superb, looking forward to adding the remaining volumes to my library.
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