This volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers students and readers a comprehensive selection of the work of John Donne (1572-1631). Accompanied by full scholarly apparatus, this authoritative edition enables students to study Donne's work in the order in which it was written, and, wherever possible, using the text of the first published version.The volume presents a wholly new edition of Donne's verse and prose, consisting of a selection of Donne's compositions that circulated in manuscript or in print form during his lifetime. Each text is paired with a generous complement of historical and textual annotation, which enables students to access and appreciate the excitement with which Donne's contemporaries—his first readers—discovered his famous and incomparable originality, audacity, ingenuity, and wit. The edition incorporates newdirections and emphases in scholarly editing that equip students with a better understanding of the texts and the contexts in which they were produced, such as the history of readership and the history of texts as material objects.Explanatory notes and commentary are included, to enhance the study, understanding, and enjoyment of these works, and the edition includes an Introduction to the life and works of Donne, and a Chronology.
OUP Oxford; March 2018
- ISBN 9780192552921
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- Title: John Donne
- Author: Janel Mueller (ed.)
Imprint: OUP Oxford
In The Press
The textual histories of Donne's writings are as complex and paradoxical as his famous verse. Here Janel Mueller presents for the first time, in a format accessible to students, the rich experience of encountering Donne not in texts conflated by modern scholars, but as his first admirers did in early print editions and bespoke manuscript collections. Impeccably edited and annotated, this is a must-have for any student of Donne.
About The Author
Janel Mueller is the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Department of English and the College, The University of Chicago. She is the former editor of Modern Philology and the former dean of the Division of the Humanities at Chicago. She has published on a range of subjects in English Reformation and Renaissance literature, focusing particularly on the writings of Elizabeth I and Katherine Parr.