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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 2 Sub edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591021251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591021254
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For those who have not read the poem since a university English class, Gardner makes it well worth revisiting." -- Baltimore Sun, September 14, 2003

"The engravings by Gustave Dore are exquisite and worth the price on their own." -- The Bloomsbury Review, November/December 2003

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One of the most evocative, famous, and mysterious poems in the English language is undoubtedly Samuel Taylor Coleridge's THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER. This seaman's story--full of symbols, strange occurrences, moral implications, and moral ambuguity--has fascinated scholars and lovers of verse. This edition is not only the most comprehensive and informative available but also the most elegant ever to appear.

Martin Gardner, well known for his ANNOTATED ALICE, has written an introduction, a brief biography of Coleridge, copious explanatory notes to the text that are designed to deepen the reader's understanding of the ballad, and a chapter summing up the major critical attitudes toward the poem in which he also discusses possible higher levels of meaning. He closes with questions concerning the poem's much-debated moral. Included also is the first published version of the RIME--significantly different from the final version--and a selected bibliography.

The illustrations by Gustave Dore are in his famous style of "romantic realism" and are especially suitable to the tone of the text. This book, like THE ANNOTATED ALICE, should be on everyone's bookshelf.


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My son needed this book for school and he mentioned "annotated".
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This is well worth having, not only because of the fine annotations but also the wonderful illustrations.
RA Meeks
These I find absolutely brilliant and fascinating, a must for all L. Carroll admirers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RA Meeks on October 17, 2007
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This is well worth having, not only because of the fine annotations but also the wonderful illustrations. Some annotations, for me, seem to get in the way of reading the textl; in this volume, the annotation serves as a wonderful supplemental guide to the text. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
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This is a very exhaustive presentation of the Rime. One heads up, though . . . this edition is not uniform in appearance and size with the other books in the "Annotated" series (i.e. The Annotated Alice, the Annotated Huckleberry Finn). It is larger and has a glossy cover.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ullrich Hermann on July 4, 2009
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Best rendition of the Mariner ever seen. Art work is exceptional and the annotations are excellent. Annotated version is unique, the Mariner being subject to wide interpertations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ak47 on October 5, 2010
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My son needed this book for school and he mentioned "annotated". This is what I found after a lengthy search and I am not at all displeased.
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