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[ 759 Corinna bathing. Both are included in TSE’s copy of The Works of George Chapman: Poems and Minor Translations (London: Chatto & Windus, 1904), with an introduction by Swinburne. 33. Benedetto Croce was author of several volumes of aesthetic criticism, including Estetica come scienza dell’espressione e linguistica generale [Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic] (1902; trans. 1909) and Breviario di estetica [The Breviary of Aesthetic] (1913; trans. 1915). TSE likely also read Croce’s The Poetry of Dante (1922) and published an English translation of his “Sulla natura dell’allegoria” (1922) as “On the Nature of Allegory” in the Apr 1925 issue of the Criterion. 34. Troilus and Criseyde, Book V, ll. 1749-50, as printed in TSE’s annotated copy (Houghton) of The Student’s Chaucer, ed. Walter W. Skeat (New York: Oxford UP, 1894), 323. 35. The concluding stanza of Troilus and Criseyde, Book V, ll. 1863-70, as printed in The Student’s Chaucer, 325. Shortly before his first Clark lecture, TSE wrote to Mario Praz about Praz’s essay on Chaucer and Italy: “Far too little has been written about Chaucer in this country and there are very few scholars, I fear, capable of dealing with this subject” (L3 24). TSE’s remarks in “Chaucer’s ‘Troilus,’” written later in 1926, illuminate his choice of Chaucer’s poem to conclude the Clark Lectures: “It may be said without exaggeration that Troilus and Criseyde is a document second in importance, in its kind, only to the Vita Nuova. It is a pendant to the latter, and the two are perfectly consistent” (809). The Clark Lectures: Textual Notes Location: Hayward Bequest, Modern Archives Centre (King’s); shelfmark: P6; typescript of eight lectures, Lecture I-VIII, otherwise untitled; dated 1926 on title page; 186 leaves with holograph emendations and marginal comments by TSE, Herbert Read, Mario Praz, and other unidentified hands; epigraph page lost in circulation of typescript; watermark, textual pages: Plantagenet / British Make (20.2 x 25.9 cm); watermark, preliminary pages: Colindia Parchment (20.2 x 25.4 cm). Each separate lecture consecutively numbered in type in the middle of the top margin, with page [1] of each lecture unnumbered; TSE began numbering the pages consecutively (26-184) in his hand, after cancelling page 26 (containing the list of recommended books) of the first lecture; later dedicated and signed by hand “to / John Hayward / privately, confidentially / and in humility / T. S. Eliot.” Carbon copy (Houghton); shelfmark: MS Am 1691.14 (45); on unmarked paper (20.3 x 25.5 cm); epigraph page present. A blank leaf of “Plantagenet,” used for the text of the top copy, has been inserted between lectures V and VI, with blank carbon leaves inserted between succeeding lectures; numbered consecutively in pencil 1-188 in lower left corner of each page, beginning with the title page but excluding the inserted blank leaves. Typographical errors have been corrected or marked in ink and in graphite and orange pencils by various hands, but there is insufficient evidence to determine whether TSE made any of the corrections before sending the copy “as they were delivered” to his mother on 22 Aug 1927 (L3 646); no textual or marginal comments by any reader, with the exception of one word, “form,” in an unidentified hand, to suggest a word dropped by the typist in Lecture II. The lectures were typed by the firm of “Miss Haye, Typewriting, Duplicating, and Facsimile Printing,” 48 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2, and invoiced for £4 on 30 Mar 1926 for “typing Manuscript (8 lectures) comprising approximately 40,000 words (with one carbon copy).” TSE’s original TS/MS used for delivering the lectures was subsequently destroyed. Some Clark Lecture viiI: the nineteenth century 1926 760 ] -1— 0— +1— missing quotations of passages, read from texts at hand during the lectures, were not supplied to the typist. The fair copy was speed-typed and delivered unproofed, with dropped words, misreadings , and many lines running to the extreme edge of the right margin. The lectures were first edited and published in The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry: The Clark Lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1926, and the Turnbull Lectures at The Johns Hopkins University, 1933, ed. Ronald Schuchard (London: Faber and Faber, 1993; New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994). In that edition, the texts were edited as closely as possible to the lectures as delivered by TSE, with emendations recorded (pages 299-304). For this edition, the texts have been re-edited...


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