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The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

edited by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat

Publication Year: 1999

A milestone in literary scholarship, the publication of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley makes available for the first time critically edited clear texts of all poems and translations that Shelley published or circulated among friends, as well as diplomatic texts of his significant incomplete poetic drafts and fragments. Edited upon historical principles by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, the multi volume edition will offer more poems and fragments than any previous collective edition, arranged in the order of their first circulation. These texts are followed by the most extensive collations hitherto available and detailed commentaries that describe their contextual origins and subsequent reception. Rejected passages of released poems appear as supplements to those poems, while other poetic drafts that Shelley rejected or left incomplete at his death will be grouped according to either their publication histories or the notebooks in which they survive. Volume One includes Shelley's first four works containing poetry (all prepared for publication before his expulsion from Oxford), as well as "The Devil's Walk" (circulated in August 1812), and a series of short poems that he sent to friends between 1809 and 1814, including a bawdy satire on his parents and "Oh wretched mortal," a poem never before published. An appendix discusses poems lost or erroneously attributed to the young Shelley. "These early poems are important not only biographically but also aesthetically, for they provide detailed evidence of how Shelley went about learning his craft as a poet, and the differences between their tone and that of his mature short poetry index a radical change in his self-image . . . The poems in Volume I, then, demonstrate Shelley's capacity to write verse in a range of stylistic registers. This early verse, even in its most abandoned forays into Sensibility, the Gothic, political satire, and vulgarity—perhaps especially in these most apparently idiosyncratic gestures—provides telling access to its own cultural moment, as well as to Shelley's art and thought in general."—from the Editorial Overview

Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents of Volume One

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pp. vii-x

Illustrations

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xviii

“Is it not a glorious chance, this Shelley editing and biographizing,” wrote a delighted William Michael Rossetti to his friend William Allingham, after being invited by the firm of E. Moxon, Son and Company to prepare a new edition of Shelley’s poetry in 1868. “Willingly would I not only be doing it for pay, but do it for nothing, or pay to do it.” ...

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Editorial Overview

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pp. xix-xl

The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley (CPPBS) will, when completed, include critically edited texts of all the poems that Percy Bysshe Shelley (PBS) released for circulation (whether to friends or to the reading public at large) and diplomatic renderings of his uncompleted and fragmentary poetry.1 ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xli-xlviii

Texts

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pp. 1-2

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Original Poetry: by Victor and Cazire

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pp. 3-38

Most of the seventeen poems and fragments in this collection (V&C) were written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (PBS), but five were probably written, in whole or in part, by his eldest sister, Elizabeth Shelley, and the longest poem in the volume was plagiarized from Matthew G. (“Monk”) Lewis. ...

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The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger

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pp. 39-88

Begun by the winter of 1809/10 and first released to a publisher the following summer, The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger (WJ) was PBS’s earliest completed book-length poem and remains one of his most textually perplexing works. No version of the poem appeared in print during PBS’s lifetime, ...

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Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson; Being Poems Found Amongst the Papers of that Noted Female who Attempted the Life of the King in 1786. Edited by John Fitzvictor

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pp. 89-104

A slim quarto volume, Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson (PF) was published in an edition of 250 copies in the third week of November 1810 by J. Munday in Oxford. The first of the publications that PBS originated after taking up residence at University College, Oxford, it is a student prank that mixes antiestablishment rhetoric with sexual double entendres, ...

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Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romance

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pp. 105-118

The six poems below appeared scattered through PBS’s second Gothic romance (hereafter St.Irv), which was printed in December 1810 by Samuel Gosnell and published with the date 1811 by John Joseph Stockdale in London. In 1822, the book was reissued by Stockdale with a new title page and label dated 1822 ...

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The Devil's Walk

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pp. 119-130

PBS sent an early draft of The Devil’s Walk (DW) in a mid-January 1812 letter to Elizabeth Hitchener. Although this draft was far from a finished poem, PBS by August 1812 had prepared for distribution a fully developed satire of thirty stanzas and had it printed as a broadsheet (arranged in three columns of ten stanzas apiece) ...

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Ten Early Poems (1809–1814)

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pp. 131-146

The following ten short poems by PBS — some of which may be excerpts from poems otherwise lost were written and released between 1809 or early 1810 and March 1814 but were never later revised for publication. They are drawn from manuscripts — letters, notebooks, and a copy by his sister ...

Commentaries

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pp. 147-148

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Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire

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pp. 149-188

Much of what is known about this volume’s history appears in two publications by Richard Garnett. In the first, entitled “Shelley in Pall Mall,” in Macmillan’s Magazine (2 [ June 1860]: 100–110), Garnett announced that he had verified the existence of the book (though he had not located a copy of it) ...

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The Wandering Jew;or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger

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pp. 189-234

PBS’s earliest references to The Wandering Jew (WJ) appear in his recently discovered pocket diary for 1810 (Pfz); the page listing the week of 26 February contains a memo in which passages from Revelation 6:8 and 6:12 (see note at “I.234.Footnote” below) have been copied out under the heading “wandering Jew” (sic). ...

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Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson

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pp. 235-260

As Denis Florence Mac-Carthy first noted (Early Life, 39), the earliest contemporary evidence for the existence of this odd collection is a notice on 17 November 1810 in the Oxford University and City Herald, advertising its sale for two shillings at J. Munday (also publisher of the Oxford weekly paper). ...

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Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian

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pp. 261-280

John Joseph Stockdale, who undertook the sale of Original Poetry “by Victor and Cazire” (V&C), only to suppress it because of the plagiarism from Tales of Terror, was impressed enough with PBS to publish the young man’s second Gothic romance, St. Irvyne (St.Irv), and, apparently, to consider publishing The Wandering Jew (WJ) as well. ...

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The Devil’s Walk

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pp. 281-294

The first evidence that PBS had begun this poem appears at the end of his letter to Elizabeth Hitchener of ?16 January 1812 (Letters I, 235–37; BL Add. MS 37,496, f. 80 verso), in which PBS included seven irregular ballad stanzas (49 lines) on the theme of Satan’s encounters with members of the British establishment, ...

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Ten Early Poems (1809–1814)

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pp. 295-330

The ten poems and fragments in this group differ from many other poems PBS released, in whole or in part: though he released them privately to friends who preserved the MSS in which they were found, they were never published or otherwise made public during the poet’s lifetime. ...

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Historical Collations

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pp. 331-334

The following Historical Collations have been selected from a broader computer-generated collation of all variants between the Texts in CPPBS and the texts of the editions listed at the head of the variants for each individual poem. Because of the large number of variants involved in poems to be included in later volumes of CPPBS, ...

Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire

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pp. 335-354

The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger

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pp. 355-374

Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson

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pp. 375-386

Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian

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pp. 387-402

The Devil’s Walk, A Ballad

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pp. 403-410

Ten Early Poems (1809–1814)

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pp. 411-428

Appendices

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pp. 429-434

Appendix A. Latin School Exercises

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pp. 435-437

Appendix B. Prose Treated as Poems

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pp. 438-441

Appendix C. Lost Works

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pp. 442-452

Appendix D. Dubia

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pp. 453-468

Appendix E. Misattributions

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pp. 469-486

Index of Titles

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pp. 487-490

Index of First Lines

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pp. 491-492


E-ISBN-13: 9780801877957
E-ISBN-10: 0801877954
Print-ISBN-13: 9780801861192
Print-ISBN-10: 0801861195

Page Count: 544
Illustrations: 7 halftones
Publication Year: 1999