The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume VII. The Ring and the Book, Books I-IV

The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume VII. The Ring and the Book, Books I-IV

Author: Robert Browning

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198123566

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 398

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Henry James described Browning's extended dramatic poem The Ring and the Book, over 20,000 lines in length, as `a great living thing', `a proportioned monstrous magnificence'. The story was developed from some old legal documents discovered by Browning concerning an actual murder which took place in Rome in 1698, and its writing was his major preoccupation in the 1860s, the early years of his widowerhood in London. This volume gives us the first third of the poems, Books I to IV. The Introduction draws on unpublished letters, journals, and working papers not examined by previous editors, to illuminate how the poem was conceived and researched, the range of people the poet consulted, and the five-year period of composition. The poem's complex publishing history is disentangled in the Text part of the Introduction, including a discussion of the corrections and revisions Browning made on sheets from volumes I, III, and IV of the second edition, which he later forgot and which never appeared in print. Appendix E gives these important variants in full. The annotation presents new contextual matter, including unpublished letters relating to `Lyric Love', Browning's famous invocation to his dead wife. The appendices give the original Italian text of Browning's second source, `Morte dell'Uxoricida Guido Franceschini Decapitato'; two previously unpublished autograph chronologies in which the poet worked out historical details of his story; and a new account of the biographical significance of the `Ring' image. The editors have made six substantive emendations to the text, ranging from inaccuracies in the original typesetting to changes made by Browning after publication. The evolution of the text from manuscript to copy text is also discussed, and an appendix is devoted to a set of corrected proofs preserved at Yale, a textual evolutionary dead end of great interest and significance.
The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume VIII. The Ring and the Book, Books V-VIII
Language: en
Pages: 424
Authors: Robert Browning
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

This is the second instalment of Browning's great murder-story set in the Italy of the 1690s, The Ring and the Book, a poem which Henry James called a 'monstrous magnificence'. Here Browning lets the central characters of his poem - the corrupt aristocrat and murderer Franceschini, his victim, and her
The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume VII. The Ring and the Book, Books I-IV
Language: en
Pages: 398
Authors: Robert Browning
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1983 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Henry James described Browning's extended dramatic poem The Ring and the Book, over 20,000 lines in length, as `a great living thing', `a proportioned monstrous magnificence'. The story was developed from some old legal documents discovered by Browning concerning an actual murder which took place in Rome in 1698, and
The Complete Works of Robert Browning Volume VIII
Language: en
Pages: 379
Authors: Robert Browning
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 1988 - Publisher:

In seventeen volumes, copublished with Baylor University, this acclaimed series features annotated texts of all of Robert Browning's known writing. The series encompasses autobiography as well as influences bearing on Browning's life and career and aspects of Victorian thought and culture.
The Poetical Works of Robert Browning
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Robert Browning
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 1889 - Publisher:

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Language: en
Pages: 544
Authors: Robert Browning, Stefan Hawlin, Michael Meredith
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-08-20 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

A high-level scholarly edition of the late poetry of Robert Browning, and the final volume of OUP's 15-volume Poetical Works of Robert Browning (General Editor: Michael Meredith).