The prelude : 1805 / William Wordsworth ; newly edited from the manuscripts and illustrated in color with paintings and drawings contemporaneous with the composition of the poem [by] James Engell & Michael D. Raymond ; with an introduction, maps, notes, glosses, and chronology.
Jaffrey, New Hampshire : David R. Godine, Publisher, 2016.
Introduction -- The prelude: place, self, crisis, and imagination -- Maps -- The Lake District -- Wordsworth's walking tour of the Alps, summer 1790 -- The prelude 1805 -- Book first. Introduction; childhood and school -time -- Book second. School -time, continued -- Book third. Residence at Cambridge -- Book fourth. Summer vacation -- Book fifth. Books -- Book sixth. Cambridge and the Alps -- Book seventh. Residence in London -- Book eighth. Retrospect; love of nature leading to love of mankind -- Book ninth. Residence in France -- Book tenth. Residence in France and French Revolution -- Book eleventh. Imagination, how impaired and restored -- Book twelfth. Same subject, continued -- Book thirteenth. Conclusion -- To William Wordsworth, S.T. Coleridge -- A note on the text and editorial practice -- Chronology -- Selected bibliography and scholarly editions of The prelude.
The Prelude', William Wordsworth?s masterful autobiographical work, composed in blank verse, is generally considered the poem at the heart of the Romantic movement and one of the great poems in the English language. In this fully illustrated and annotated edition, it finally receives the treatment it deserves. Inspired by his dear friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poem charts the development of the author?s mind, from childhood to Cambridge, London, the Alps, and France, touching on subjects ranging from leisure to literature, nature to imagination, and everything in between. A meditation on the self, this work still stands as a masterpieces of English literature, and is here complemented and enhanced by 200 contemporary color plates that both illuminate and elucidate the text. Scrupulously selected and edited from the definitive manuscripts in existence, the marginal notes and glosses provide an extra touch that makes this a truly enlightening reading experience.