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The Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume: A Dissertation on the Passions; The Natural History of Religion
Tom L. Beauchamp (ed.)

Please note that in the printed edition some parts of the text are shaded to indicate variations between different editions of the text (as described on page li). This does not render in html, and readers are advised to refer to the print pdfs for this feature.

OSEO Project Team
May 2014

Catullus: A Commentary
C. J. Fordyce (ed.)

In the preface of his edition C.J. Fordyce remarks that ‘a few poems that do not lend themselves to comment in English have been omitted’ – these are the poems that refer to homosexuality. So the absence of a commentary on these poems does not imply that they are inauthentic or poetically insignificant.

Patrick Finglass
July 2015

The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Including Poems and Versions of Poems now Published for the First Time, Vol. 1: Poems
Ernest Hartley Coleridge (ed.)

This edition, prepared by the poet's grandson, was the standard scholarly edition from its publication in 1912 until 2001, when J. C. C. Mays's six-volume edition, edited on different principles, was published as part of the Bollingen/Princeton edition of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Thus most twentieth-century scholarship on Coleridge cites the poetry from E. H. Coleridge's edition. As the editor's introduction explains, the poems are arranged in chronological order of composition, so far as he could determine it, and the copy-texts of the published poems and plays follow the texts of the last edition for which the poet himself revised texts, the three-volume Poetical Works of 1834, edited by Henry Nelson Coleridge. The apparatus criticus includes variant readings from earlier editions and, in some cases, manuscripts.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Including Poems and Versions of Poems now Published for the First Time, Vol. 2: Dramatic Works and Appendices
Ernest Hartley Coleridge (ed.)

This edition, prepared by the poet's grandson, was the standard scholarly edition from its publication in 1912 until 2001, when J. C. C. Mays's six-volume edition, edited on different principles, was published as part of the Bollingen/Princeton edition of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Thus most twentieth-century scholarship on Coleridge cites the poetry from E. H. Coleridge's edition. As the editor's introduction explains, the poems are arranged in chronological order of composition, so far as he could determine it, and the copy-texts of the published poems and plays follow the texts of the last edition for which the poet himself revised texts, the three-volume Poetical Works of 1834, edited by Henry Nelson Coleridge. The apparatus criticus includes variant readings from earlier editions and, in some cases, manuscripts.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 1: 1752–76
T. L. S. Sprigge (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with The Bentham Committee, University College.

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May 2015

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 2: 1777–80
T. L. S. Sprigge (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with The Bentham Committee, University College.

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May 2015

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 3: January 1781 to October 1788
Ian R. Christie (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with The Bentham Committee, University College.

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May 2015

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 4: October 1788 to December 1793
Alexander Taylor Milne (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with The Bentham Committee, University College.

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May 2015

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 5: January 1794 to December 1797
Alexander Taylor Milne (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with The Bentham Committee, University College.

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May 2015

The Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of The Collected Works of James Hogg: The Jacobite Relics of Scotland, Vol. 1: First Series
Murray G. H. Pittock (ed.)

The print edition of this volume contains a facsimile reprint of the first edition of 1819. In order to make the online edition searchable we have not replicated the facsimile presentation online. However it is possible to view the original facsimile reprint in the print PDFs.

OSEO Project Team
October 2016

The Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of The Collected Works of James Hogg: The Jacobite Relics of Scotland, Vol. 2: Second Series
Murray G. H. Pittock (ed.)

The print edition of this volume contains a facsimile reprint of the first edition of 1821. In order to make the online edition searchable we have not replicated the facsimile presentation online. However it is possible to view the original facsimile reprint by using the print PDFs.

OSEO Project Team
October 2016

John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, Vol. 1: 1533–1571
Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, Jayne Elizabeth Archer, Gabriel Heaton and Sarah Knight (eds)

John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, edited by Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, and Jayne Elisabeth, has been awarded the 11th Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. This edition was also awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Reference 2015 as well as being a TLS 'Book of the Year' (2015).

OSEO Project Team
March 2016

John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, Vol. 2: 1572–1578
Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, Jayne Elizabeth Archer, Gabriel Heaton and Sarah Knight (eds)

John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, edited by Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, and Jayne Elisabeth, has been awarded the 11th Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. This edition was also awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Reference 2015 as well as being a TLS 'Book of the Year' (2015).

OSEO Project Team
March 2016

John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, Vol. 3: 1579–1595
Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, Jayne Elizabeth Archer, Gabriel Heaton and Sarah Knight (eds)

John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, edited by Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, and Jayne Elisabeth, has been awarded the 11th Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. This edition was also awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Reference 2015 as well as being a TLS 'Book of the Year' (2015).

OSEO Project Team
March 2016

John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, Vol. 4: 1596–1603
Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, Jayne Elizabeth Archer, Gabriel Heaton and Sarah Knight (eds)

John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, edited by Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, and Jayne Elisabeth, has been awarded the 11th Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. This edition was also awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Reference 2015 as well as being a TLS 'Book of the Year' (2015).

OSEO Project Team
March 2016

John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, Vol. 5: Appendices, Bibliographies, and Index
Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, Jayne Elizabeth Archer, Gabriel Heaton and Sarah Knight (eds)

John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, edited by Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, and Jayne Elisabeth, has been awarded the 11th Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. This edition was also awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Reference 2015 as well as being a TLS 'Book of the Year' (2015).

OSEO Project Team
March 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 1: Ealing, Trinity, Oriel: February 1801 to December 1826
Ian Ker and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 2: Tutor of Oriel: January 1827 to December 1831
Ian Ker and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 3: New Bearings: January 1832 to June 1833
Ian Ker and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 4: The Oxford Movement: July 1833 to December 1834
Ian Ker and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 5: Liberalism in Oxford: January 1835 to December 1836
Thomas Gornall, S.J. (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 6: The Via Media and Froude's 'Remains': January 1837 to December 1838
Gerard Tracey (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 7: Editing the British Critic: January 1839–December 1840
Gerard Tracey (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 8: Tract 90 and the Jerusalem Bishopric: January 1841 to April 1842
Gerard Tracey (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 9: Littlemore and the Parting of Friends: May 1842–October 1843
Francis J. McGrath and Gerard Tracey (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 10: The Final Step: 1 November 1843–6 October 1845
Francis J. McGrath (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 11: Littlemore to Rome: October 1845 to December 1846
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 12: Rome to Birmingham: January 1847 to December 1848
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 13: Birmingham and London: January 1849 to June 1850
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 14: Papal Aggression: July 1850 to December 1851
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 15: The Achilli Trial: January 1852 to December 1853
Charles Stephen Dessain and Vincent Ferrer Blehl, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 16: Founding a University: January 1854 to September 1855
Charles Stephen Dessain and Vincent Ferrer Blehl, S.J. (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 17: Opposition in Dublin and London: October 1855 to March 1857
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 18: New Beginnings in England: April 1857 to December 1858
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 19: Consulting the Laity: January 1859 to June 1861
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 20: Standing firm amid Trials: July 1861 to December 1863
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 21: The Apologia: January 1864 to June 1865
Charles Stephen Dessain and Edward E. Kelly, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 22: Between Pusey and the Extremists: July 1865 to December 1866
Charles Stephen Dessain (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 23: Defeat at Oxford. Defence at Rome: January to December 1867
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 24: A Grammar of Assent: January 1868 to December 1869
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 25: The Vatican Council: January 1870 to December 1871
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 26: Aftermaths: January 1872 to December 1873
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 27: The Controversy with Gladstone: January 1874 to December 1875
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 28: Fellow of Trinity: January 1876 to December 1878
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 29: The Cardinalate: January 1879 to September 1881
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 30: A Cardinal's Apostolate: October 1881 to December 1884
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 31: The Last Years: January 1885 to August 1890
Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall, S.J. (eds)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 32: Supplement
Francis J. McGrath (ed.)

Edited at the Birmingham Oratory and published by Oxford University Press.

OSEO Project Team
May 2016

The Letters of Junius
John Cannon (ed.)

Please note that in the printed edition page xxx is misprinted as page xx. This error has been corrected online but remains as pxx in the print PDF.

OSEO Project Team
October 2014

Richard Hooker: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Vol. 1: Preface, Books I to IV
Arthur Stephen McGrade (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with Harvard University Press, publishers of The Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, W. Speed Hill, General Editor, Cambridge, MA; Harvard University Press © 1977, 1981 by the President and Fellows of Harvard University.

OSEO Project Team
October 2014

Richard Hooker: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Vol. 2: Book V
Arthur Stephen McGrade (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with Harvard University Press, publishers of The Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, W. Speed Hill, General Editor, Cambridge, MA; Harvard University Press © 1977, 1981 by the President and Fellows of Harvard University.

OSEO Project Team
October 2014

Richard Hooker: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Vol. 3: Books VI-VIII
Arthur Stephen McGrade (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with Harvard University Press, publishers of The Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, W. Speed Hill, General Editor, Cambridge, MA; Harvard University Press © 1977, 1981 by the President and Fellows of Harvard University.

OSEO Project Team
October 2014

The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart, Vol. 5: The Works of Horace, Translated Into Verse
Karina Williamson (ed.)

A note on lineation in this edition

In the print copy of this book on pp. 5-6, line 59 is followed by a second set of lines numbered 50-59 instead of lines 60-69. This error has been reproduced online in order that the online version is consistent with the print.

OSEO Project Team
May 2014

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 1: Poems Written in Youth; Poems Referring to the Period of Childhood (Second Edition)
Ernest De Selincourt and Helen Darbishire (eds)

This edition, edited by Ernest de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire, was published between 1940 and 1949 (vols. 2 and 3 being reissued with corrections in 1952 and 1954, respectively), and was the standard scholarly edition of Wordsworth's poems, exclusive of The Prelude, until the completion of the Cornell Wordsworth (1975–2007), published under the general editorship of Stephan Maxfield Parrish. The Oxford and the Cornell editions are edited on fundamentally different principles. The Oxford edition takes as its copy text Wordsworth's six-volume Poetical Works of 1849–50, the last edition supervised by the poet himself. The apparatus criticus aims to record the development of the text "from the earliest existing copy, through its successive stages in manuscript and print, till it received its received its final version" (Preface to vol. I, p. v). The ordering of the poems follows that of the 1849–50 edition. In contrast, the Cornell edition explicitly privileges the earliest completed versions of Wordsworth's long poems, whether in published or unpublished form, and the earliest published forms of the lyric poems. Reflecting different conceptions of the editor's responsibility to the text, the editorial principles of the Oxford and Cornell editions both have their defenders and detractors.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 2: Poems Founded on the Affections; Poems on the Naming of Places; Poems of the Fancy; Poems of the Imagination (Second Edition)
Ernest De Selincourt (ed.)

This edition, edited by Ernest de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire, was published between 1940 and 1949 (vols. 2 and 3 being reissued with corrections in 1952 and 1954, respectively), and was the standard scholarly edition of Wordsworth's poems, exclusive of The Prelude, until the completion of the Cornell Wordsworth (1975–2007), published under the general editorship of Stephan Maxfield Parrish. The Oxford and the Cornell editions are edited on fundamentally different principles. The Oxford edition takes as its copy text Wordsworth's six-volume Poetical Works of 1849–50, the last edition supervised by the poet himself. The apparatus criticus aims to record the development of the text "from the earliest existing copy, through its successive stages in manuscript and print, till it received its received its final version" (Preface to vol. I, p. v). The ordering of the poems follows that of the 1849–50 edition. In contrast, the Cornell edition explicitly privileges the earliest completed versions of Wordsworth's long poems, whether in published or unpublished form, and the earliest published forms of the lyric poems. Reflecting different conceptions of the editor's responsibility to the text, the editorial principles of the Oxford and Cornell editions both have their defenders and detractors.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)
Ernest De Selincourt and Helen Darbishire (eds)

This edition, edited by Ernest de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire, was published between 1940 and 1949 (vols. 2 and 3 being reissued with corrections in 1952 and 1954, respectively), and was the standard scholarly edition of Wordsworth's poems, exclusive of The Prelude, until the completion of the Cornell Wordsworth (1975–2007), published under the general editorship of Stephan Maxfield Parrish. The Oxford and the Cornell editions are edited on fundamentally different principles. The Oxford edition takes as its copy text Wordsworth's six-volume Poetical Works of 1849–50, the last edition supervised by the poet himself. The apparatus criticus aims to record the development of the text "from the earliest existing copy, through its successive stages in manuscript and print, till it received its received its final version" (Preface to vol. I, p. v). The ordering of the poems follows that of the 1849–50 edition. In contrast, the Cornell edition explicitly privileges the earliest completed versions of Wordsworth's long poems, whether in published or unpublished form, and the earliest published forms of the lyric poems. Reflecting different conceptions of the editor's responsibility to the text, the editorial principles of the Oxford and Cornell editions both have their defenders and detractors.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 4: Evening Voluntaries; Itinerary Poems of 1833; Poems of Sentiment and Reflection; Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty and Order; Miscellaneous Poems; Inscriptions; Selections From Chaucer; Poems Referring to the Period of Old Age; Epitaphs and Elegiac Pieces; Ode-Intimations of Immortality (Second Edition)
Ernest De Selincourt and Helen Darbishire (eds)

This edition, edited by Ernest de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire, was published between 1940 and 1949 (vols. 2 and 3 being reissued with corrections in 1952 and 1954, respectively), and was the standard scholarly edition of Wordsworth's poems, exclusive of The Prelude, until the completion of the Cornell Wordsworth (1975–2007), published under the general editorship of Stephan Maxfield Parrish. The Oxford and the Cornell editions are edited on fundamentally different principles. The Oxford edition takes as its copy text Wordsworth's six-volume Poetical Works of 1849–50, the last edition supervised by the poet himself. The apparatus criticus aims to record the development of the text "from the earliest existing copy, through its successive stages in manuscript and print, till it received its received its final version" (Preface to vol. I, p. v). The ordering of the poems follows that of the 1849–50 edition. In contrast, the Cornell edition explicitly privileges the earliest completed versions of Wordsworth's long poems, whether in published or unpublished form, and the earliest published forms of the lyric poems. Reflecting different conceptions of the editor's responsibility to the text, the editorial principles of the Oxford and Cornell editions both have their defenders and detractors.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 5: The Excursion; The Recluse (Second Edition)
Ernest De Selincourt and Helen Darbishire (eds)

This edition, edited by Ernest de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire, was published between 1940 and 1949 (vols. 2 and 3 being reissued with corrections in 1952 and 1954, respectively), and was the standard scholarly edition of Wordsworth's poems, exclusive of The Prelude, until the completion of the Cornell Wordsworth (1975–2007), published under the general editorship of Stephan Maxfield Parrish. The Oxford and the Cornell editions are edited on fundamentally different principles. The Oxford edition takes as its copy text Wordsworth's six-volume Poetical Works of 1849–50, the last edition supervised by the poet himself. The apparatus criticus aims to record the development of the text "from the earliest existing copy, through its successive stages in manuscript and print, till it received its received its final version" (Preface to vol. I, p. v). The ordering of the poems follows that of the 1849–50 edition. In contrast, the Cornell edition explicitly privileges the earliest completed versions of Wordsworth's long poems, whether in published or unpublished form, and the earliest published forms of the lyric poems. Reflecting different conceptions of the editor's responsibility to the text, the editorial principles of the Oxford and Cornell editions both have their defenders and detractors.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

William Wordsworth: The Prelude: or Growth of a Poet's Mind (Second Revised Edition)
Ernest De Selincourt and Helen Darbishire (eds)

Originally published in 1926, and digitized here in its second edition of 1959 (revised by Helen Darbishire), Ernest de Selincourt's edition of The Prelude or Growth of a Poet's Mind was the first to present the 1805 version of the poem in thirteen books, which the poet himself had left in manuscript. Now commonly considered Wordsworth's poetic masterpiece, this version of the poem gained favour among scholars, especially in the last three decades of the twentieth century, over the revised version in fourteen books, which was published shortly after the poet's death in 1850. The title of The Prelude, by which the poem is now universally known in all its versions (including the two-book one of 1799, not present here), was given to the poem by Wordsworth's executors. De Selincourt offers critical texts (with an apparatus of manuscript variants) of both the 1805 and 1805 versions, along with an editorial commentary that has been the basis of the annotations in all subsequent critical editions. Until the publication of the Cornell Editions of The Thirteen-Book Prelude (ed. Mark L. Reed, 1991) and The Fourteen-Book Prelude (ed. W. J. B. Owen, 1985), de Selincourt's was the standard scholarly edition of the 1805 and 1850 versions.

Nicholas Halmi
May 2015

The Prose Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 1
W. J. B. Owen and Jane Worthington Smyser (eds)

Please note that in the parallel presentation of the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, beginning on page 118, the text which appears on the left is the 1800 version, and the text on the right is the 1850 version. The running heads which identify this in the print edition do not display online, although they are visible in the print PDFs.

OSEO Project Team
October 2015

Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Later Mrs. Piozzi) 1776–1809, Vol. 1: 1776–1784
Katharine C. Balderston (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with The Huntington Library.

OSEO Project Team
October 2015

Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Later Mrs. Piozzi) 1776–1809, Vol. 2: 1784–1809
Katharine C. Balderston (ed.)

Reproduced online by arrangement with The Huntington Library.

OSEO Project Team
October 2015

Oxford World's Classics: Tibullus: Elegies
A. M. Juster and Robert Maltby (eds)

For pp. vii-xxiii of the Introduction, and for the Note on the Text (p. xxvii), Professor Maltby has drawn on the Introduction of his Tibullus: Elegies. Text, Introduction and Commentary (Francis Cairns, Cambridge, 2002), presenting the material in a much abridged form. The Explanatory Notes, likewise, are extracted from his Commentary in that volume, to which interested readers should turn for fuller information and for references to secondary sources.

Pp. xxiii-xxv are an abridged version of R. Maltby 'The Unity of Corpus Tibullianum Book 3: some stylistic and metrical considerations', Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 14, edd. F. Cairns and M. Griffin (Francis Cairns: Cambridge, 2010) 319-340.

The Latin text, 'A Chronology of Tibullus' and 'Textual Notes', are based on the Latin text, 'Chronological Guide' and 'Textual Note' respectively of A. G. Lee Tibullus: Elegies, third edition, revised in collaboration with Robert Maltby (Francis Cairns: Leeds, 1990). The Latin Text has been altered at the following places: 1.2.90; 1.3.4, 13; 1.4.44; 1.5.42, 60; 1.10.11, 70; 2.2.21; 2.3.53, 65; 2.5.68, 81.

OSEO Project Team
July 2015