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Two handsomely produced volumes, justly dedicated to Christopher Hill's memory. There is a self-effacing brilliance in the editing. ... the overall impression it gives is of a seamless whole. (William Lamont, Journal of Ecclestiastical History 2011)

The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley is a landmark in seventeenth-century studies. (John Watkins, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900)

The claim that this is the only edition of mid-century radical prose to observe the standards of modern scholarly editing is (rather unusually for a publicity puff) entirely justified... The edition's handling of textual and bibliographical matters is exemplary... This in short, is quite a remarkable editorial achievement. If there is an ironic tension between its painstaking scholarly commitment and Winstanley's rejection of humane living, it is as much to the credit of the editors and Oxford University Press as it is to Winstanley. (N.H. Keeble, University of Stirling, Milton Quarterly)

Underpinned as they are by formidable learning, these volumes will become the standard edition. The texts are clearly presented, uncluttered by editorial comment or annotation, but the whole is set carefully in context by the textual introduction, which scrupulously details textual variations and the editorial decisions made here. Each publication has extensive notes which helpfully elucidate the text. (Michael Braddick, Times Literary Supplement)

a very impressive feat of scholarship. Thomas Corns, Ann Hughes and David Loewenstein are to be congratulated on producing what must now be considered the authoritative edition of Winstanley's works. (Ted Vallance, English Historical Review)

The significance of the event of this publicationshould not be underestimated, for as the editors rightly observe, Gerrard Winstanley must count as 'the most obscure Englishman currently assigned any reasonable degree of historical significance throughout the entire post-medieval period. ...That Winstanley should be honoured by a publication of this status is on one level truely remarkable, though once the power, passion, and profundity of his writing is experienced, the reasons become clearer. (Andrew Bradstock, English)

The commentary on the texts is informative and elegant (Nicholas McDowell, Notes and Queries)

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Thomas Corns is Professor of English at Bangor University. His many publications include a seminal study of the political literature of the English Civil War and he is among the foremost Miltonists of his academic generation. With Gordon Campbell, he is the general editor of The Complete Works of John Milton (OUP, 2008 - ), and he is collaborating with David Loewenstein on the Paradise Lost volume.

Ann Hughes is Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University. She is a leading historian of the politics, religion and culture of mid-seventeenth century England with particular interests currently in religion, gender and print culture.

David Loewenstein is Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely on early modern English literature, politics, and religion. He is editing Paradise Lost (in collaboration with Thomas Corns) for The Complete Works of John Milton. He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.

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Before I fork over nearly $300 for this masterwork collection I'm wondering did the editors update the grammar, syntax, and spelling?
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