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"Professor Ricks' second edition of the complete Poems of Tennyson is the best edition this century of the best poet of the last century." The Sunday Telegraph
"Ricks's magnificent Tennyson." Professor Adrian Poole, Cambridge University
"In his line he is the best in the business and his achievement in his edition of Tennyson is just about as good as you can get." Professor Frank Kermode
Tennyson: A Selected Edition is drawn from Christopher Ricks' own The Poems of Tennyson, which first appeared in 1969 and was published as a second, three-volume edition, in 1987. Acclaimed by both the literary and academic worlds, it is acknowledged as a major achievement of editiorial scholarship and has established itself as the authoritative edition of the great poet of the Victorian age.
Tennyson: A Selected Edition includes in full all four of Tennyson's long poems -The Princess, In Memoriam, Maud, and Idylls of the King - as well as all the great poems includingMariana, The Lady of Shalott, Morte d'Arthur, Ulysses and Tithonus. In addition - and of vital importance to the scholar and student - this edition retains all the headnotes and footnotes from the complete edition, which shed valuable light on context and composition and which illuminate the wealth of allusion, classical and other, that Tennyson brought to bear within his poetry.
Now in a corrected edition,Tennyson: A Selected Edition will remain the standard edition for many years to come.
Christopher Ricks is Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and co-director of the Editorial Institute. He is the author of Tennyson (second edition, 1989), and is the co-editor, with Aidan Day, of The Tennyson Archive, which reproduces in facsimile Tennyson's manuscripts (31 vols., 1987-93). His Professor of Poetry at Oxford for the term 2004-2009.