The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence: Studies in Classic American Literature

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence: Studies in Classic American Literature

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Studies in Classic American Literature, first published in 1923, provides a cross-section of D. H. Lawrence's writing on American literature, including landmark essays on Benjamin Franklin, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Eight of the essays were first published in the English Review 1918-19; but Lawrence continued to work on his material, with the aim of producing a full-length book; at various times fifteen separate items belonged to it, all of them revised on different occasions, some of them four or five times, and often corrected with the errors of their predecessors preserved. This volume offers the final 1923 version of the text in a newly corrected and uncensored form, and the complete surviving text of the essays of the English Review period, as well as a host of other materials, including four different versions of Lawrence's pioneering essay on Whitman.
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  • Paperback | 714 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 40mm | 910g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1107457505
  • 9781107457508
  • 2,014,023

Table of contents

General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Cue-titles; Introduction; Studies in Classic American Literature: Final version (1923); First version (1918-19); Intermediate version (1919); Appendices: 1. Reading notes for The Scarlet Letter; 2. Foreword to Studies in Classic American Literature (1920); 3. Foreword (1922); 4. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance (1920-1); 5. XIII.Whitman (1921-2); 6. XII.Whitman (1922); Explanatory notes; Textual apparatus; Variorum apparatus; A note on pounds, shillings and pence; Index.
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'... excellently produced ...' The Use of English '... a brilliant and necessary book because it opens up familiar texts, reminding us that the best literary criticism is always in the end both evaluative and engaged.' The Times Literary Supplement '... an excellently edited book, with a detailed, informative and scholarly introduction, and very helpful annotations. I think the greatest merit of this edition is that it also includes the English Review articles, together with their different versions, published or unpublished.' English Studies "[A] wealth of relevant material for scholars...The Cambridge editors are to be commended for a Herculean labor, for which all those who work on Lawrence owe a huge debt of gratitude." Earl G. Ingersoll, SUNY College at Brockport
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About D. H. Lawrence

Ezra Greenspan is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He writes widely about modern American literature and is the co-editor of Book History. Lindeth Vasey is Editorial Manager: Classics at Penguin UK Ltd. She has edited several books in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence including Mr Noon and (with John Worthen) The First 'Women in Love'. John Worthen is Professor of D. H. Lawrence Studies at the University of Nottingham. He has written and edited many books relating to D. H. Lawrence and is author of The Early Years, the first volume in the three-volume biography of D. H. Lawrence (1991).
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