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Wordsworth's Revisitings by [Gill, Stephen]
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As always with Stephen Gill this is a very useful book. It covers ground so scrupulously and authoritatively that it invokes trust, and the scope and range of knowledge of texts in multiple states is deeply impressive. Gills place in the line of Great Wordsworthians is already assured and this late addition to his lifes work, centred on the poets late additions to his lifes work, can only confirm it. (Sally Bushell, BARS Bulletin)

There is no doubt that both experienced and new readers of Wordsworth will find many valuable insights in this elegantly written book. Not least, textual scholars might note Gill's observation (made with an editors eye) that Wordsworth's habit and technique of revisiting explain his hostility to chronological arrangements of poems. (James Vigus, Notes and Queries)

Stephen Gill has written a wonderfully assured and accomplished piece of literary scholarship, and, as it goes without saying, a learned and highly companionable account of the complex of Wordsworth's revisionary practice: it will be the first port of call for future enquirers. It is also an impressive vindication of that great and under-rated author, Late Wordsworth". And, unusually for a work of literary criticism, it does other work too, exploring in a sympathetic and wholly unpretentious way the means by which human lives may find coherence within themselves by discovering on reflection, how it is that they join up. It is a memorably good book.

A book of deceiving proportions, (Sarah Lovell, English)

a richly detailed interrogation of the poet's practice ... Gill the critic demonstrates the pleasures and insights possible when we stop searching for the right textual variant and instead take each unique text as representing to its own complex historical moment. (James M. Garrett, The Review of English Studies)

This is the most important book on Wordsworth published to date in this century ... Essential. (D.A. Robinson, Choice)

Early on in this outstanding book, Stephen Gill demonstrates his superb biographical and textual knowledge of Wordsworth ... we are very, very fortunate to have access to Gill's encyclopedic, humane knowledge of Wordsworth's life, context, history, and texts through this book. Indispensable, rather than recommended. (Heidi Thomson, Modern Language Review)

a virtuoso feat of reading through revision, and a permanently valuable advance in criticism of the poet ... Stephen Gill's important work will help many readers to feel more powerfully the profound strangeness that is inseparable from this poetry's greatness. (Peter McDonald, Times Literary Supplement)

this book fundamentally alters - or should alter - many of the presumptions with which Wordsworth has been taught, especially to undergraduates. (Lawrence Poston, Review 19)

Stephen Gill has written a wonderfully assured and accomplished piece of literary scholarship (Seamus Perry, Wordsworth Circle)

About the Author

Stephen Gill is retired Professor of English, University of Oxford and a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He is a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust and has published many books on Wordsworth, including William Wordsworth: A Life (1989), Wordsworth and the Victorians (1998, both OUP), The Prelude (1991), and Companion to Wordsworth (2003, both Cambridge University Press). His edition of The Salisbury Plain Poems with Cornell University Press in 1975 inaugurated The Cornell Wordsworth Series and he has edited Victorian novels-by Gaskell, Dickens, Trollope, George Eliot, Gissing-for OUP and Penguin. His previous edition of Wordsworth inaugurated the OUP 'Oxford Poets' series in 1984.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1031 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MSEUE6
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Stephen Gill's latest book takes a detailed look at Wordsworth's habit of revisiting poems and either revising them into new editions, or creating sequels to them. The observations are exact and illuminating, and there is no Wordsworth reader, however familiar wth the poetry, who will not be surprised and illuminated. The treatment of the evolution of the Ruined Cottage into Book One of The Excursion, and of the Christianising of the poem, is masterly, and there is excellent stuff on revisions of The Prelude, and of Salisbury Plain, and of numerous smaller poems. The book will do much to generate respect for Wordsworth's later practice.
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