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Editing Donne's poetry: From John Marriot to the Donne <i>Variorum</i>

Gary A. Stringer

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199218608
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199218608.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Editing Donne's poetry: From John Marriot to the Donne Variorum

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The tradition of editing Donne's poems contains three phases: an early one covering the period 1633–69, in which the publisher John Marriot and his immediate successors, using such manuscripts as they were able to lay hands on, took on the initial challenge of publishing a comprehensive collection of Donne's poems; a middle one, in which editors from Jacob Tonson in 1719 to J. R. Lowell in 1855 produced a series of editions based on the seventeenth-century editions; and a final one, beginning with Alexander Grosart in 1872 and continuing to the present time, in which editors — while still largely dependent on the efforts of their predecessors — have sporadically reverted to manuscript material in their attempts to improve the received text and establish the canon of Donne's verse. Seven editions/issues of Donne's collected poems were published in the seventeenth century.

Keywords: John Donne's poetry; poetry of John Donne; Jacob Tonson; Alexander Grosart; manuscript material

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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