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The Poetical Works (Oxford Paperbacks) [Paperback]

John Keats , Heathcote William Garrod

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23 April 1970 0192810677 978-0192810670 New impression
This edition, based on careful study of the manuscript sources, includes every poem, verse drama, and fragment known to have been written by Keats. A commentary by Buxton Forman on the early printed editions, a chronology of Keat's life, and a note on the wealth of manuscript material complete the authoritative text.

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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New impression edition (23 April 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192810677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192810670
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,636,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Keats was born in London in 1795. He trained as a surgeon and apothecary but quickly abandoned this profession for poetry.

His first volume of poetry was published in 1817, soon after he had begun an influential friendship with the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. His first collection and the subsequent long poem Endymion recieved mixed reviews, and sales were poor.

In late 1818 he moved to Hampstead where he met and fell deeply in love with his neighbour Fanny Brawne. During the following year Keats wrote some of his most famous works, including 'The Eve of St. Agnes', 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'La Belle Dame sans Merci'.

He was however increasingly plagued by ill-health and financial troubles, which led him to break off his engagement to Fanny. Soon after the publication of Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems in 1820, Keats left England for Italy in the hope that the climate would improve his health. But Keats was by this time suffering from advanced tuberculosis, and he died on February 23rd 1821.

On his request, Keats' tombstone reads only 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'.

Portrait (c) National Portrait Gallery, London: NPG 194
John Keats, by William Hilton (died 1839)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Limited Footnotes. Better Collections Now Available. 23 Mar 2002
By Michael Wischmeyer - Published on Amazon.com
I have the 1970 paperback version of the Oxford University Press "Keats Poetical Works" edited by H. W. Garrod in 1956. As I began to read longer poems like Endymion, I found the small font size distracting. Also, Garrod's commentary and footnotes are rather limited. I rate this Oxford edition as only three stars as better editions are readily available.

You might consider Selected Poetry (Oxford Poetry Library, 1996 and 2000 editions) that is edited by Elizabeth Cook. To confuse matters a bit, there is now a 2001 version, also edited by Elizabeth Cook, with a different title: John Keats: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics). These newer versions may contain more extensive commentary and footnotes than the earlier Garrod edition.

I do have recommendations for two books with which I am quite familiar.

The first is Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, published by Modern Library Paperback Classics in 2001. It contains an excellent introduction by Edward Hirsh and good footnotes by John Pollock. Five stars.

My other recommendation is The Complete Poems, Penguin Classics, edited by John Bernard. This Penguin Classics edition has been a standard Keats text for several years. Five stars.
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