7: The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume VII: The Ring and the Book, Books I-IV (Oxford English Texts: Browning)

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This is an edition of the first third of Browning's 21,000-line masterpiece The Ring and the Book, a poem which Henry James called a "monstrous magnificence." The editors throw new light on how the poet wrote this Italian murder story and give all the background annotation needed to understand it.

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Stefan Hawlin is at University of Buckingham. Tim Burnett is at British Library (retired).

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`This is the best text for reading The Ring and the Book that I have come cross. The textual apparatus is there for those who need it, but it is typographically unobtrusive, and beneath it, at the foot of the page, are notes which elucidate and explain. ... Browning's great poem has always presented a challenge to readers. This edition, without ever being guilty of nanny-editing, guides the reader gently but firmly, and contains the scholarly apparatus necessary for a full appreciation of Browning's achievement. The editors, and the general editor, deserve our gratitude.' J R Watson, ROES, Vol 50, no 200 (1999)

`This gives the student of Browning insights into his poetry and into his poem which he will never have had before. He is also given valuable information regarding how the poem was published ... This edition fully meets the high standards set by the series hitherto.' Contemporary Review Dec 1998

By far the most thorough critical edition of the poem to date, this volume includes an enjoyable introduction which offers a unique perspective on The Ring and the Book ... lavishly presented in the style that readers of these Oxford editions have come to expect. This collection is sure to become the standard upon which all critical studies of the poem will rely.

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