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The Five-Book Prelude: With an Introduction by Jonathan Wordsworth

ISBN: 978-0-631-20548-7
228 pages
July 1997, Wiley-Blackwell
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Edited now for the first time by Duncan Wu, it provides students and general readers alike with an approachable introduction to Wordsworth's greatest work.
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Further Reading.


Five-Book Prelude Annotated Text.

Recent Critical Commentary.

Appendix I: The Analogy Passage.

Appendix II: The Schedule of Manuscripts.


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Duncan Wu is Reader in English Literature at Glasgow University. He has edited Blackwell's Romanticism: An Anthology (1994) and Romanticism: A Critical Reader (1995). His Romantic Women Poets: An Anthology was published by Blackwell in 1997. He is also editor of the Blackwell Companion to Romanticism.
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* Provides hitherto unpublished version of major Wordsworth poems.
* Offers clean text with invaluable annotations.
* Includes a comprehensive account of poem's evolution.
* Collects recent critical commentary on the poem.
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"We see the embryo but not the complete birth, and it is thoroughly useful to have this version in readable form. Reprinted after the text are four useful modern critical essays; the 'analogy passage' which appears in MS W after Snowdon but not in Dr Wu's or any other editorial text; then, most useful, a schedule indicating the precise sources of Dr Wu's text; a very full index." S. J. Harrison, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
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