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The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Browning 1914 (One volume Edition) Macmillan Company (1907) Hardcover Book

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The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Browning 1914 (One volume Edition)
Robert Browning

Published by Macmillan Company - first printing 1907 this edition is 1914
Hardcover Measures 8x5x1.75 inches, Weighs 2 pounds 1 ounce

Condition: Fair
Antique book has frayed spine cloth, mostly at spine top and bottom, corners are bumped. A few pages have pencil marks at edge of text, nothing interferes with reading enjoyment - text is crisp and clean. Pages are thin and strong - lightly tanned.

EDITOR'S NOTE.
THIS edition of Mr. Browning's poems and plays makes no pretense to
be critical. One of the most useful of the Shakespearian commentators,
Mr. Theobald, has observed that the science of criticism, so far as it affects an
editor, is reduced to three classes: " The emendation of corrupt passages, the
explanation of obscure and difficult ones, and an inquiry into the beauties and
defects of composition." Happily there are no corrupt passages in Browning,
but undoubtedly there are some obscure and difficult ones, although the reader
will often be surprised to find how frequently obscurity and difficulty will be
dissipated and removed by a careful study of the context. So, too, Browning has
his beauties and defects of composition; but neither his beauties or defects of
composition, nor the obscurities and difficulties of particular passages, are here
discussed or explained. All that has been done is to prefix (within square brackets)
to some of the plays and poems a few lines explanatory of the characters and events
depicted and described, and to explain in.the margin of the volumes the meaning
of such words as might, if left unexplained, momentarily arrest the understanding
of the reader. That some easy words have been explained and some hard ones
left alone is more than likely, since, on such a subject, no standard exists either
of information or of ignorance. Mr. F. G. Kenyon has been kind enough to make
the notes for " The Ring and the Book," but for the rest the Editor alone is
responsible.
The edition is a complete one, containing all Mr. Browning's regularly published
plays and poems, from Pauline (1833) to Asolando (1889). In the arrangement
of the contents a chronological order has as far as possible been observed; but as
Mr. Browning himself rearranged some, of his smaller poems regardless of their
dates of publication, his publishers have not felt themselves at liberty in these cases
to adhere to chronology. In all the poems the poet's latest readings have been
followed.
AUGUSTINE BIRRELL.

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